Everyone has concerns about the security and safety of their homes these days. Whether they live in a house, condo or apartment, many people are taking increased measures to ensure peace of mind by installing alarm systems that will help to protect them in the event of a range of different incidents or emergencies. It is important to be aware that apartment alarm systems can be quite different from security systems for houses.
Alarm systems for apartments or condominiums will often have restrictions based on the communal nature of the buildings, or the fact that they are rented by the occupants. When considering the installation of a system, it can be critical to know what, if any, of these restrictions may exist. Some buildings may not allow alarms that can cause too much noise, for instance, and disallow high volume alarms or certain brands that are known to be susceptible to frequent accidental activation. This is not generally the biggest concern, however, as the purpose of an alarm justifies the noise to a certain extent. Most apartment buildings require that any alarms installed be wireless, to prevent damage to walls and electrical systems that can occur when individuals attempt to alter the building’s wiring.
The concerns about wiring and noise issues, however, have inspired providers of household security systems to design alarm systems specifically geared toward apartment dwellers. They can have a number of different features and functions, and logic would dictate that the consumer would want to get the most out of any system purchased. The two basic types of systems are monitored and unmonitored. Monitored systems are those which are connected back to a security company, such as ADT. If an alarm is triggered, the company is immediately alerted and will respond. An unmonitored system is basically one designed to scare off would-be intruders or to alert the occupants of danger or intrusion by drawing their attention to it with noise, flashing lights or similar methods.
Whether purchased and installed by the occupant or subscribed to from a service, a good, thorough apartment alarm system should include the facility to alert the residents to both entry attempts and other common safety hazards. Look for a system with motion detectors for vulnerable points of entry. The more of these the systems provides, the more places they can be installed. Many basic systems allow for additional sensors to be added. Not only can these detectors alert a resident to possible burglary attempts, they can help to ensure that children do not leave unnoticed through doors and windows.
Fire, smoke and other dangers are a huge cause for concern in multiple dwelling buildings, and as well as relying on the maintenance staff to keep any pre-existing devices in working order, installing your own system adds to your safety. Get a system that includes smoke alarms, as well as CO2 and gas leak detectors. Early warning against these dangers can be especially critical in apartments and condos where a fire in one unit can spread to others very rapidly, and neighbors may not be well-equipped with alarms.
An alarm system for apartments that incorporates security cameras will also be desirable for many residents. They can act as sensors for alarms and provide visual alerts or record information that can be used for identification purposes by the police in the event of a break-in. On the other hand, unless the cameras are equipped with night vision capabilities, they will need to be placed in areas that are adequately lighted during the hours they will serve the most purpose. Use in outside doorways, hallways or inside rooms where valuables are kept may require that supplemental lighting is also installed to ensure that the cameras will function as intended. Alternatively, purchase a camera with night vision capabilities. The image will always records in black and white but this in many cases will still be enough to identify an individual.
Other features frequently included in apartment alarm systems can be important as well, depending on the individual user or the circumstances. Some motion sensors are designed with adjustable positions that can accommodate households with pets that might accidentally set off alarms, or that can disable the monitoring of certain areas of an apartment when a resident is at home. Many security systems offer key chain activation and deactivation facilities, with multiple sets for families or roommates in dormitories. Systems equipped with panic buttons are also desirable, as they can send an instant alert to a security company, law enforcement or emergency services, speeding response in a time of crisis.
Alarms should ensure the safety and security of the apartment and its occupants at all times. Regardless of whether the alarms are wireless or hard-wired for electricity, it is important to ensure that they have a fully charged battery backup in case of power outages. Blackouts are prime time for criminal activity, and electrical power can often be unavailable in the event of an emergency. Frequent testing and regular battery replacement will assure you that your alarms will function properly when they are most needed.