Burglar Alarm Systems


Choosing the right burglar alarm system for your needs begins with selecting a control panel. This is the brains of the operation that controls and monitors the system, sending alarms to the central monitoring station when problems are detected. The control panel itself needs to be reliable, scalable, and able to provide the options that your unique security solution requires. Listed below are explanations of some of the more popular options integrated into todayís systems.



Generally located by the entry doors, keypads are used to arm and disarm the system, display system status, and contain one-touch buttons for contacting the authorities in an emergency. Keypads are programmed to accept codes from multiple users and control multiple zones on the system.


Motion Detectors

Passive infrared motion detectors (PIR) sense intruder movement in covered areas. More sophisticated models are able to detect body heat and account for pet movement.


Glassbreak Sensors

These sensors detect when glass has been broken accidentally, in the case of bad weather, or in the event of an intrusion. Acoustic sensors are mounted in the proximity of windows and listen for the sound of breaking glass, while shock detectors are mounted to the glass and feel the impact of the break.


Magnetic Contacts

Magnetic contacts can be applied to windows and doors to monitor an open or closed state. When the contact is broken, the condition is detected by the control panel and can trigger an alarm, display the status on a keypad, or be recorded in an event log.


Smoke, Water, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

In addition to monitoring and protecting against unauthorized access, sensors may be added to a burglar alarm system to detect smoke, water, and carbon monoxide. These alarms can be handled by the systemís central monitoring station, notifying and dispatching the proper authorities in the event of an emergency.



Interior and exterior sirens emit a loud noise when the alarm is triggered, possibly scaring away burglars before they even enter the building, and alerting neighbors of the activity.


Panic Buttons

Whether permanently mounted, or on your keychain, panic buttons allow users to manually trigger alarms on the system, alerting the central monitoring station of an emergency situation.