Home Security Systems FAQs
Do you need a permit for a home security system?
Many municipalities require alarm permits for a home security system. Visit our permits page for more information.
How do home security systems work?
Home security systems utilize an ecosystem of electronic components to detect and communicate that an intrusion or potential intrusion has occurred.
Sensors are placed on both the exterior and interior of the home. These sensors are designed to detect when the perimeter is breached (door or window is opened) or when there is unauthorized activity in the home (motion sensors).
If a sensor is triggered it sends an alarm signal to the main control panel. The panel may be installed in the basement of may be a stand-alone unit in the main living space of the home.
The main control panel then communicates the alarm condition to the central monitoring station where an operator will assess the alarm and provide a response based on the details of the alarm.
Home security systems may also incorporate fire, flood and freeze detectors, home automation or video for enhanced protection.