Security Systems 101: How To Use Technology For Your Personal And Business Protection
So many people experience a loss of some kind or another throughout their life – and it is almost always unfortunate. While the frustration and experiences are inevitable, there are varying forms of security measures in place to alleviate certain portions of the experience.
In previous articles, we’ve looked at different forms of ensuring the safety of your life and properties, some of which include; Manned Guarding, Security Dogs, Executive protection, home security and business security.
These are just a few out of several other forms of security measures available for private and public safety depending on the nature of threat at stake. For example, the provision of security also involves the use of technology. This is a form of security known as security systems. This is going to be the focus of this article.
What Is Security Systems?
An electronic system that is designed to prevent theft or intrusion and protect property and life. There are a wide variety of security systems available to every person and business today.
- Car security systems,
- Home security systems,
- Video surveillance security systems,
- Identity security systems,
- Computer security systems
- Access control systems,
- Burglar alarm systems,
- Fire alarm systems,
There are also different types of each security system:
- Motion Sensors
- Acoustic Sensors
4 Ways Of Using Security Systems For Personal And Business Protection
- For Your Home
Home security systems are used by homeowners to make sure their homes are well-protected from theft, burglars, fires and other disasters. Many people decide which type of home security system to purchase depending upon the neighborhood in which they live, how much security they want and how much they are willing to pay for the security.
The types of home security systems available for installation fall under two categories;
- Unmonitored – the unmonitored home security system is the most popular and cost-effective system on the market today. When the alarm is triggered by a burglar, it produces a loud siren noise on the inside and outside of the home. A majority of the time the siren will scare off the intruder before he even enters the home. If you aren’t at home when the alarm is tripped, it will be up to your neighbors to call the police, as this type of system doesn’t contact the monitoring company for you.
- Monitored – the monitored home security systems are ones that alert the monitoring company when the system is tripped by a burglar or intruder. Monitored systems also signal the authorities in the event of a fire, gas leak and flood. The biggest advantage to this type of system is you don’t have to depend on your neighbors to be home to contact the authorities for you.
2. For Your Business
What home security systems do for homes, business security systems do for businesses. It doesn’t matter if you run a small business or operate a large company; you need to take certain safety precautions to ensure the safety of it, as well as any employees who may be working there too. Business security systems are highly effective at not only keeping burglars out, but they are also an effective way to deter internal theft as well. The first step to design the best security system for your business is to sit down with a security company and discuss the nature of your business operations.
There are three basic types of business security systems available.
- Video Surveillance System (or CCTV) – This is the most common type of security system for a company that wants to monitor employee activity. In general, businesses will point the camera toward cash registers or safes and then hook up the video in a secure office. This allows a boss to watch over employees at all times. This is most popular if you run a company that operates overnight.
- Access Control – These systems work very much like most home security systems. This requires employees to punch in a code on a keypad or swipe a card in order to get into the building. This isn’t quite as fancy as a video surveillance system, but it works great if you want to keep unauthorized people out of the building. These systems generally don’t have a video, but an alarm will sound when someone breaks in the building or office without knowing the code or having a keycard. Many access control systems will even wait 30 seconds and then alert authorities.
The three primary functions of access control security systems are;
- To monitor the locations of individuals within a building,
- Control where individuals are able to gain access and
- Manage individual user permissions to ensure that access is granted to the correct individual to the correct areas at the correct times.
- Wireless – Wireless systems are usually used by companies expecting to move offices. There are no wires to deal with and the systems are mobile. However, it is the responsibility of the business owner to change batteries and call the police if there is any suspicious activity.
3. For Your Car
Our cars and automobiles are almost always easier targets for criminal intent than our homes, businesses or identities. We take our cars everywhere – and we park in parking garages, driveways, street-side and parking lots, all of these areas usually have limited visibility at night or they make for an easy target for theft during the day. A car security system is designed to help curb theft and unauthorized entry.
There are three basic types of car security systems available.
- Audible car security system – is one which, when set off, lets anyone within range of the protected car or truck know that there is an active theft deterrent device in place for the vehicle. The alert this car security system provides is a very loud noise. Some audible systems have a computerized voice that commands the potential thief to get back away from the vehicle. Others trigger the horn of the car to honk and many have whistling or similar sounding alarms. Many are very sensitive to movement near or around the vehicle but the sensitivity can be adjusted to different levels.
- Inaudible car security system – is one that is unheard by whoever or whatever activated the alarm. An alert is sent to the vehicle owner’s mobile phone via a SMS or other message device programmed to the security system. Be aware though, that this type of car security system does not warn the intruder so by the time you get to your vehicle, it may have already been damaged, the contents stolen, or worse yet your car stolen.
- Computerized car security system – is one that is controlled by a computerized program in which the system has to be stalled before the vehicle can be started. It prevents the probability of your car being started without authorization from the program by use of a specially coded or numerical entry designed for that specific car security system. Overall, this is most likely the most reliable theft deterrent system compared to the others that are available.
Although car security systems are effective to a degree, none of them are fool proof if a thief really wants to steal your car. The degree of security you get from a system depends largely upon the type of system you choose.
4. For Your Information
Information security means protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction. Information security is concerned with the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data regardless of the form the data may take: electronic, print, or other forms.
There are two basic types of information security systems available.
- Computer Security – most personal computers come with limited to no virus protection. A virus can delete all of your timeless photographs, send all of your user names and passwords to a thief, and render your computer useless. All of these can cost you stress, time and a lot of money and frustration. There are a lot of virus and internet protection software available on the market today.
- Identity Theft & Credit Card Security — did you know that most people do not have credit or identity protection? Your identity and credit are at risk daily through using computers, cell phones, ATM machines and more. We don’t want to scare you, but big companies lose millions of pieces of information regularly – what happens if it happens to you? It’s time to think about protecting your identity and your credit.
For the implementation of any of the above listed security systems, contact us today for a professional consultation.