Exterior or perimeter protection devices generally consist of sensing mechanisms attached to doors and windows leading into the home. These devices, which can either be hard-wired or wireless, trigger an audible alarm if a break-in is attempted. At the same time, they send an emergency call for help to a monitoring center.


It is important to have a method for detecting an intruder if he breaches perimeter security. This is where interior protection comes into play. One of the most commonly used interior protective devices are motion detectors, which detect body heat or the movement of an intruder. In some situations, pressure mats that react to the pressure of being walked on are used in places where an intruder is likely to go once inside the home.


A professional security consultant can also provide a number of specialized protective measures to meet specific security and safety concerns. For instance, a “panic alarm” can be set up for use by “home alone” children or elderly parents. Look for a security professional who will take the time to fully understand your situation and address your unique needs.


Monitored smoke detectors can be easily included in a professional security system installation. Like the security system, a fire system will not only maximize life safety and peace-of-mind—it can also significantly lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums. Carbon monoxide detection capability is also a wise and cost-effective addition.