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A burglary takes place somewhere in the United States every 12 seconds,
and 60 % of those occur during broad daylight.

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Americans are living in a troubled time. Awareness of this is illustrated by the fact that some of the few businesses not experiencing financial difficulties are the gun manufacturers and dealers.  In this world of terrorist threats and other invasive events, weapons and ammunition can hardly be kept on the shelves in stores.

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The reasons for the explosion in the purchase of firearms has not been specifically articulated, but if it is for the protection of homes, it is worth noting that in order to protect your home with a gun, you have to be there. Since most people need to work for a living, you need something that will protect your home when you aren't there. That’s where a wireless alarm system comes into play. Most people lock their doors and windows at night and put neighbors on guard during vacations. Unfortunately, most burglaries take place in broad daylight, the perpetrators often masquerading as simple repair crews. Before a neighbor can become aware that the visitors at your house may not belong there, the crooks can have everything they want and be on to the next home.

Alarm monitoring companies usually have variations on their systems. Some may offer an alarm that just makes a lot of noise, or a silent alarm that actually calls law enforcement officials. Alarms are also customized for various types and sizes of buildings. Finally, if you are clever, you may be able to purchase an alarm system that you can install yourself. Most people, however, prefer to have a wireless alarm professionally installed. Sometimes the actual alarm system itself is free upon activation of the monitoring service for which you will pay about 35.00 and up, depending on the size, type and additional features included.

Best types of Alarms

Your primary difficulty in choosing your alarm system will be in selecting the type that is right for you. If you are building a new house, it will make the most sense to have an alarm hardwired into your house.  If your house is older but doesn't not have an alarm system, you will want a “wireless” system.

Most alarms work on the basis of a contact that is fastened to each door or window. When the door or window is opened, the contact is broken, triggering the alarm. If the alarm system will be attached to your phone system it will also have a control box and a number pad. The control box is placed out of sight, and once the alarm has been triggered, it cannot be shut off until someone enters the appropriate code on a keypad.  

A slightly different type of alarm which accomplishes the same thing is one based on motion detection technology. This type can be installed either indoors or out and works on the basis of sound waves or microwaves emitted by the sensor. The waves bounce back to the source in a regular pattern. If an intruder crosses the pattern, the alarm is triggered. Both the motion detection and the contact  types of alarms have control boxes and keypads. Also, while they may be referred to as “wireless,” all alarms that require connection to a phone service do require a couple of wired connections. You will need a power source and access to a phone line. The alarm company will add a wire to your telephone service box and will want to drill a hole to bring the wire into the alarm. 

The wave type of alarm is probably the more expensive, but it is also possible to combine the two styles, having contacts at the entry points but a motion detection unit in certain rooms or outside the building. In any case, the ultimate goal is to drive the intruder away, not necessarily to “catch” him. The last thing any crook wants is to attract attention. Noise, lights and the pending arrival of police will make your home simply not worth bothering with, especially when there are probably several other homes on your own street that do not yet have alarm systems installed.

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