CCTV (closed-circuit television) is a TV system in which signals are not publicly distributed but are monitored, primarily for surveillance and security purposes.CCTV relies on strategic placement of cameras, and observation of the camera's input on monitors somewhere.
CCTV is an excellent surveillance option to help detect, capture, and prevent criminal activity on your property.
security goes a step farther by keeping you safe from harm. Crime is certainly harmful to the victim; however, there are countless circumstances in which you, your property, or your family can be put in harm’s way that aren’t necessarily related to crime. Let’s take a look at a few security features other than CCTV that can help protect your home.
|Carbon Monoxide||You cannot see, smell, or taste this toxic gas. If your home reaches dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, a sensor will warn you so you can get your family to safety.|
|Flood||Generally installed in the basement, a flood sensor will detect unwanted water before it can wreak havoc, seriously damaging or flooding your home.|
|Freeze||Freeze sensors detect dangerously low temperature levels that can freeze your pipes, which can result in expensive repairs.|
|Glass Break||Glass break sensors detect the frequency at which glass breaks notifying you if someone or something breaks your window.|
|Heat/Smoke||Heat/Smoke detectors monitor rapid increases in temperature and detect smoke, which are both signals of a fire in your home.|
|Motion||Motion detectors sense movement and alert you of potential break-ins. These sensors are strategically placed throughout both the interior and exterior of the home.|
|Window/Door||Window/Door sensors notify you when a window or door has been opened, keeping criminals out and children in.|
Three types of security systems
Monitored security systems
A monitored security system is one of the most commonly used alarm systems. When an alarm is triggered, the system alerts a monitoring center agent and the agent then notifies the police. Monitoring fees are generally attached to this type of system.
Self-monitored security systems
A self-monitored security system is exactly what it sounds like, self-monitored. Instead of notifying a monitoring center agent when an alarm is triggered, you receive 24/7 notifications directly to your phone. It is up to you to decide when to call the police. Since this is a self-monitored system, there are no monitoring fees attached. You are the contact between your system and the police, which can be potentially problematic if you are busy and a notification goes unnoticed.
Local security systems
A local security system will set off loud alarms/sirens when triggered, alerting those within earshot. A local security system does not notify a monitoring center agent or the police and instead relies on the owners or neighbors to alert the authorities. Local security is another type of non-monitored system which means there are no monitoring fees.