Every day Alarm Detection Systems answers dozens of home security system questions. In this post we discuss three popular topics in detail.


What are the differences between home security cameras, and where should they be placed?

Security cameras are often grouped and sold by their features and functions. For example, indoor or outdoor use is one of the primary identifiers. How the units are powered and communicate puts them in another class. Wi-Fi or wireless cameras have emerged as a leading choice in recent years.

Another way to select cameras is by resolution, image capability, and shape. The focal range, detail of the footage, and ability to see different lighting conditions vary between models.
Homeowners typically install cameras in areas they feel need to be watched, such as outside front or back doors. Signal strength and privacy issues also play a role with camera locations.


How do smart door locks work?

Both traditional locks and smart locks share some common hardware characteristics. Both use a latch or bolt to cross the opening between the door and door frame. The bolt sometimes has a spring that allows the door to close (but not reopen) if locked. A more secure deadbolt stays in place until manually turned to unlock the door.

Key locks use different variations of a pin and tumbler method. The lock cylinder is kept in place by a line of small metal pins. There is an upper and lower half to the design. When a common house key is inserted and turned into the lock, the serrated, uneven edge pushes each pin a certain distance. When these pins travel enough to create a straight separation between the upper and lower pin sets, the cylinder rotates.

Smart locks replace an existing deadbolt lock or attach to the existing deadbolt with a door. Electronic door locks have an added part of turning the latch or bolt for you. After installation, you connect the smart lock to an app using your home’s Wi-Fi. You can lock and unlock the door using a phone and the provided app.

It is worth noting that integrating a smart lock with your existing alarm systems may require communication upgrades. Specific panels or keypads require Z-Wave, a secure wireless communications protocol used primarily for home automation.


Explain the difference between monitored and unmonitored alarm systems?

Some self-install security equipment like those found online or at a big box store may not include professional alarm monitoring. That means you are responsible for taking action if a security event occurs. You are the one who receives notifications whether you are home or not. If your cell phone loses power or signal while you are away, an alert can go unnoticed.

In an actual security event such as a fire or home invasion, response time is critical. Part of paying for professional monitoring is having a trained representative watching your properties’ alarm activity 24/7/365.

When it comes to handling an alarm received from your home, we respond based on your personalized directions.  As a Alarm Detection Systems customer, you decide who you would like called in the event of an alarm and how many people you would like us to reach before contacting the local authorities.


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Alarm Detection Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in Colorado. It has been family-owned since 1968. Alarm Detection Systems provides business alarmsfire alarmscard accesssecurity cameras, and home security systems. Our main office is in the Denver metro area. We service all of Denver, Boulder County, Northern Colorado, the Eastern Plains, and Colorado Springs.

The bottom line is that Alarm Detection Systems would like a chance to earn your business. We feel that we can do an outstanding job of protecting your home or business. To that end, we frequently offer new customers incentives to activate monitoring of an existing system with us. Check out the Switch Provider page of our website or call 303.448.4357 for more information.