There are several types of alarm systems for a home or business. Some alarms just provide equipment that will signal if the alarm is triggered. Others come with equipment and a security monitoring service. Each one may have different installation requirements and different costs.
Some people may want an alarm system that just monitors their entryways. These are usually separate alarms that are installed on each door and window and will sound very loudly if that entry way is opened when the alarm is on. There are even alarms that can be attached to garage doors or pet doors.
There are also alarm systems that come with motion detectors. These detectors are usually placed on the outside of the home or building. Sometimes a motion detector that can be set at night is installed on the inside. Anytime a person walks within a certain distance of the motion detector, it sounds an alert. Motion detectors around the property can be an added protection.
Security cameras are parts of some systems. Cameras are often set up on the outside of the building. Some cameras will turn on anytime they catch motion. Cameras can show any activity on a display screen or record any motion they find for later viewing.
Alarm system kits can be purchased with as much security equipment as needed. Some people want more than just the equipment; they want their home or business monitored by a security company. These alarm systems can be very helpful in an emergency. If an alarm is sounded, the security company is alerted immediately and will try to contact the owner and emergency services. These services are usually provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Many alarm systems can be purchased and installed as a do-it-yourself kit. It may take some extra installation time, but each alarm can be set up without having to pay extra money for help. Other alarm systems are set up by an alarm company. Many times, equipment that will be used by a monitoring service is installed by that company.