Next Generation Home Security Systems

It’s been a while coming, but we’re finally seeing some really useful innovations in home security systems. And honestly, it’s about time. In fact the only real ‘innovation’ I have seen since I started in 1981 is the introduction of a codepad to turn your alarm on and off. Before that, systems used a key-operated switch.

Steve Corless

Steve Corless

Why The Strobe Light Is Your Best Friend

This is, in my opinion, one of the most important components of a good home security system, but are often hidden from view or otherwise obscured. The strobe is a high-intensity blue light that is mounted on the external siren cover. If your alarm is triggered, the following sequence of events occur: 1 – All

Steve Corless

Steve Corless

Alarm System Terminology

  Like most industries, the security alarms industry has its share of confusing lingo and terminology. Here are some of the more common ones you’re likely to come across while researching Home Alarm Systems: CONTROL PANEL “This is the “brains” of the system. It consists of a metal or plastic enclosure, the ‘motherboard’ and a back-up

Steve Corless

Steve Corless

Uses for Remote Controls

Adding remote controls to your home security system gives you more advantages than you may realize:   Arm the system from outside your home – no exit delay time necessary which increases your security Disarm the alarm BEFORE you enter the house – no entry delay timer required which further increases security Audible ‘beep’ from

Steve Corless

Steve Corless

A Note To Pet Lovers

  Don’t like the idea of having to lock your beloved pet outside when you turn the alarm on? Pet –Tolerant sensors could be the answer. WHAT IS A PET-TOLERANT SENSOR? It looks identical to a standard infra-red motion sensor but uses special techniques (optical and electronic) that allow it to ignore your pet moving

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Steve Corless

Mobile Phone Monitoring

Did you know most alarm systems can send an alert to your mobile phone? As an alternative to back-to base monitoring, your alarm system can dial up to 3 telephone numbers and alert you if the alarm has been triggered. The Bosch  Solution 880 for example, will dial your mobile number if the alarm is

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Steve Corless

Alarm System Monitoring – Why Bother?

Some people view Back to Base monitoring (an optional service that connects your home alarm system to a 24 hour Control Room for a monthly fee) as  unnecessary. The view seems to be  “Well I’ve really got nothing to steal, and anyway the sound of the siren will scare off any burglars and alert my neighbors”.

Steve Corless

Steve Corless

Choosing An Alarm Company

Price is definitely an important factor to consider when choosing an alarm company, but it shouldn’t be the only main reason for selecting a home alarm system. Here are some things to look for in a home security company: Are they Licensed? In Victoria both the alarm company and the individual installer need to hold a security license. The licenses

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Steve Corless

The Importance of Money Back Guarantees

Every alarm company should be fully accountable for its work.  I’ve had several experiences with customers who have been told one thing from a salesperson but when the installer arrives, the customer is told something completely different.  If you aren’t pleased with the job in every way, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Make sure that any

Steve Corless

Steve Corless