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Home Security Systems: The Components Features of home security systems vary from the basic to the most

complex techno logical advancements; but generally include all these primary components: 1. Sensors Sensors are installed inside or in the closest proximity to any point of entry. Sensors can identify motions like opening of doors and windows, and are also des igned to recognize sounds, vibrations and other distractions, especially in an u noccupied space. 2. Control unit or a circuit A circuit reads inputs from the sensors. It functions as the brain of the overal l security system and is usually installed in a metal closure, along with a powe r supply. 3. Alarms These are bells, sirens and flashing lights that get signals from the circuit wh en an intrusion takes place. They serve a dual purpose â Waking up or signaling to h omeowners that their safety is threatened, while immediately scaring off the int ruders with their loud and scandalous sounds. 4. Safety Buttons or Keypads These give homeowners full control of their safety, allowing them to activate th eir entire security system anytime, or deactivate everything in case of a false alarm. The most important function of this component is the â authorizationâ process, where the homeowner is required to enter his password in order for any instruction to be r ecognized and activated. In some highly advanced devices, security buttons requi re fingerprint, badge, eye-scan or a securely programmed response initiator. Una uthorized use of the keypads is automatically identified as a threat and trigger s the alarms. In the case of environmental hazards, keypads or safety buttons ar e typically used to turn off the security devices. 5. Monitoring device The monitoring device is linked to the network of the home security provider. Wh ile this component is usually offered only as an optional feature and with addit ional cost, people should realize that any security system is almost useless wit hout a monitoring device. In the very instance of an emergency, the monitoring d evice sends signals to the monitoring station, which verifies the situation with the homeowners through a phone call, and immediately contacts the local authori ties for immediate response. 6. Surveillance Camera Like the monitoring device, surveillance cameras are often optional and availabl e at an additional cost. Given todayâ s escalating crime rates, however, more and mor e people are starting to realize the importance of surveillance cameras, especia lly in catching culprits who thought they had already gotten away with their cri mes. One quick look at the surveillance video immediately helps authorities iden tify and better track down the intruders. There are hundreds of home security companies in the United States, each one wit h its own set of systems and devices to protect your home and family. Consumer C hoice Security makes it easier for any homeowner to compare the top home securit y providers by providing a detailed breakdown of their rates, services, technolo gy, ratings and other crucial information. Their site also features a smart ques tionnaire to further aid any homeowner in choosing the best security company for his homeâ s specific needs. For comprehensive home security reviews, visit their web site at