How To Arm Your Home Security System

Owning a home security system is an essential part of protecting your family and property from burglars. Of course, it is important that you know how to properly arm your system. It is estimated that home burglaries occur about once in every 15 seconds. Only about one in every four homes has a security system that is monitored which is not a large number when you consider the numbers of homes that are completely without monitoring.

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Many homeowners, due to the rising crime rates in the United States, have decided that it is time to invest in a home security system. Even those who have had a system for years are deciding to upgrade to new and improved systems that offer many more features and provide higher levels of protection. Some homeowners however, fail to understand how to properly arm those systems which essentially makes them useless.

One of the things that many homeowners find difficult to understand is the difference in stay and away arming. If you are planning to leave your home for work, shopping or any other reason, you should use the away arming option. This leaves everything in your home armed for optimal security. The doors, windows and motion sensors will all be ready to detect someone entering your home. Note that many systems have motion sensors that are completely pet friendly so if you have pets in your home, the sensors will typically not pick up on their movement. Most motion sensors are pet friendly to around 40 pounds.

Stay mode is for arming your system when you are planning to be at home. For instance, when you go to bed at night, you will want to arm the system in stay mode. This simply means that you will be staying home. In stay mode, most motion sensors will not be armed so you can get up and move about as you wish without worries of setting off a false alarm.

Monitored systems offer an added level of protection without the worries of sending false alarms to the police department. When the monitoring service picks up an alarm from your home, they will attempt to contact you on your home phone or your cell phone. If they cannot reach you, they will contact the police on your behalf. If you are home and you answer the phone, you can simply tell them that you were moving around and triggered the motion sensor.

Stay mode also allows you to set certain motion sensors to work if you want. For instance, if you want to set the sensors in the garage, basement or anywhere that you know you will not be going then you can set these sensors to pick up motion in stay mode. Should you need to enter these areas, you can simply disarm the system before you do so and rearm it when you have left that area.

Learning how to properly arm and operate your home security system is an essential part of protecting your home. Zions Security in Los Angeles offers a full spectrum of alarm installation and monitoring services. Here’s the link with their information- If you are unsure of how to properly use your system, you should contact the company that installed it for more information.

Erin Emanuel