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How to Install a Wireless Alarm System

by Jessica Ackerman on Mar 2, 2010

There are many important decisions that must be made regarding keeping our homes and businesses safe from intruders. Although most television commercials and online advertisements recommend protecting yourself primarily from identity theft, which is indeed a growing problem worldwide, installing a wireless alarm system should also be a high priority. Much like finding an insurance policy that protects you in the event of a natural disaster or theft, preventing losses before they happen is an important way to ensure that you will not have precious and valuable possessions irretrievably lost.

A wireless alarm system is much easier to install than the more traditional alarms, especially since you do not have to hire an expert electrician to do it for you. This is usually a simple do-it-yourself job, and can often be completed in just a few hours or less. Although you will need to refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer for the details of installation, there are a few fundamentals that are fairly universal regarding installation of a wireless alarm system.

First, you should start by deciding where the main controls should be placed. Keep this away from windows, and doors that allow a view of inside when closed, as this will allow potential burglars to see when your alarm is set—and when it is not. Choose a central area that is close to a door, such as in a front hallway, and keep it out of the reach of small children.

If you have to choose the password, make sure that you write this down and store it in a safe location. A safe is the ideal place for information like this, but a lockbox will usually suffice. Never rely on your memory alone, as this can cause serious problems later in cases where you fail to remember the password.

Follow all appropriate steps to make sure that your main control is installed properly and anchored in place. Plug in the control system, and ensure that it can be set as needed. Do not move on to the next step until this step has been completed correctly, or you could cause the system to malfunction.

Next, choose the windows and doors that will be linked to the supporting systems. The best ideas are common entry points, such as a back door, windows that are easiest to access, garages, and similar locations. Whether there are separate units completely, or simple sensors, for secondary locations, make sure that each is installed according to the manufacturers’ directions.

After you have installed each secondary or supporting unit/sensor, link all parts back to the primary unit using the manufacturers’ instructions. The most important thing to remember is that the system will not work if you do not set it. All of the alarms in the world are useless if the homeowner forgets to set the alarm at appropriate times, such as before bed, before leaving the home, and even when at home, especially when alone. Teach older children to set the alarm when they are home alone as well, to keep everyone safe at all hours of the day and night.

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