Just the FAQs: Security Camera System Questions and Answers

If you’re in the market for a home security system or some good security cameras, chances are you have a number of questions. In this article, we’ll discuss 4 of the top questions regarding security systems. With the information in this article, you will have a better understanding of what to look for when shopping for a security camera system.

Q: Aren’t security camera systems really expensive?

A: Not necessarily. Depending on the features and options you need, you can find a good quality home security system for as little as $75. If you want color video, wireless cameras, infrared and motion sensing technology as well as Internet access to the video feed you can expect to pay significantly more. The great thing about security systems is that you can custom choose the features and benefits that you really need and that are in the price range you can afford.

Q: How do wireless security cameras work?

A: Each wireless security camera system has a transmitter and a receiver. Generally speaking, each camera has a built in transmitter, which sends information over a specific frequency to a video receiver – usually this is a monitor or is connected to a monitor. Keep in mind that with wireless systems you still need power to each camera. This means you will need access to a power outlet or look for a system that can be battery operated.

Q: Should I buy a pre-made security camera system or purchase items a la carte?

A: It depends on the type of system you want to install. For most people, purchasing a complete security camera system will be the quickest, easiest and most affordable way to go. You can find systems with as few as 1 camera and as many as 16. Another good way to go is to purchase a simple security system and then add on, as you need.

Q: Can a home security system save me money?

A: In many cases, yes it can. Several homeowner insurance companies offer discounts for home security systems. Note that often these discounts apply only to monitored systems, so be sure to check with your insurance agent.

Common security systems for home

Security systems for home can be the source of peaceful mind as well as financial headache. This is as a result of thorny purchase which comes up when you are choosing the right system to buy. Common security systems for home are wired to a central control panel in your house which activates when doors or windows are opened when your system is armed.

Classification of security systems

There are a variety of security systems in the market today which are differentiated using their features. You may consider these three categories when choosing the best security system for your home;

  1. Monitoring- the mean through which the system communicates with the monitoring center
  2. Installation- DIY (do it yourself) or professional method
  3. Home automation- ability of the system to control other activities such as turning the lights off and on.

How does a security system work?

The communication of your security system is contained in the control panel. Control panel is a metal box which house the electronics and is always hidden from sight, for instance in the closet. Different kinds of sensors are wired to the control panel from their places around your home.

There are two basic sensors, interior and perimeter sensors, for various kinds of protection. Perimeter sensors are placed at the vulnerable entry areas of your home such as windows and doors.

They include glass break sensors and magnetic contacts. Interior sensors are for detecting any motion inside your house for example a passive infrared detector and smoke and fire detectors. They are located inside your house, mostly on ceilings and high on walls.

If a sensor reports a problem to the control panel, it will analyze the report so as to determine where it has come from and if the problem is a fire, intruder or an emergency. After this, the control panel will activate lights or sound a siren and even alert a twenty four hours alarm monitoring Service Company.

Basic components of a security system

  • Control panel – its where your system wiring are terminated and houses your backup battery
  • Keypad – arms and disarms your system
  • Siren – sound which alerts you in case of a break in
  • Inside monitoring detector – microwave, passive infrared or photoelectric detectors for sensing room temperature changes due to human presence
  • Door and window contact – magnetic contacts forming a circuit between door frame and the door or a sill and a window.
  • Central monitoring station – a twenty four hours monitoring station which receives signals from your home and then alerts police

In addition to these basic devices, you may consider adding the following devices to your security system:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Panic button
  • Glass break detectors
  • Pressure mats
  • Alarm screens

What are the advantages of a home security system?

  • Security system protects homeowner’s properties and possessions
  • It decreases loss or risk of physical danger to a family
  • It increases the value of your house especially when you put it in the market
  • You have peace of mind when you know that your home, belongings and family is protected from fire and intruders.

Consideration when choosing security system for your home

Home security system protects your properties, gives you peace of mind and even increases your personal safe. Consider the following when buying one for your house;

  1. The right features

You may opt to go for a DIY security system, but will it contain the basic features of a good security system and be installed correctly? A professional company will install the system correctly for your and even monitor it. Go for a system which contains the basic control unit feature, keypad, and a siren.

  1. The right price

A DIY system can range from $10 to a hundred dollars. However, good professional monitoring systems come with an annual fee in addition to the initial cost. You may get an inexpensive alarm system and pay about $50 for a monthly monitoring contract.

  1. The right company

If you want a company to install your system, then ask yourself the following questions before choosing it;

Are employees trained by certified firm?
What the work history of this company?
Does your state need a license from the company?

  1. The right time

After you have made your decision, book the appointment for the installation. Make sure that every person is present when the company employees are explaining the system so that you can all learn how it works.

Why do I need a monitored alarm system?

Good locks and a patrol service are great deterrents and we highly suggest them. Unfortunately patrols can’t be at your home all the time, and gook locks can’t keep burglars from simply breaking windows.

A security system, however, can be at your home 24 hours a day and is always on the lookout for picked locks, broken windows, and any other method burglars may use to get into your home.

How does an alarm system fend off would-be burglars?

Most burglaries only take between 5-10 minutes before the criminal is already gone, and contrary to popular belief most break-ins actually happen during daytime. Burglars are criminals of opportunity and naturally choose homes where the risk of being caught is the lowest.

If there are two homes next to each other but one has an alarm system, burglars will naturally choose the home without an alarm system.

Can a home security system save me money?

Yes. Not only will a home security system add value to your property, but it will also save you from 10 to 20 percent on your homeowner’s insurance under most policies.

What if my home is located far from the security company’s command centers?

Signals from your home are transmitted electronically, so your location has no effect on the monitoring stations ability to receive your alarm signals.

How is a wireless security system different from a hardwire security system?

Wireless security systems are not only newer, but they are generally more reliable and easier to install into your home. The wireless security system includes features that hardwired systems cannot offer; such as the ability to protect detached garages or sheds, protect windows on 2nd floors, remote entry, and tapper proof sensors preventing burglars from defeating your system.

What are the components of a home security system?

Most alarm systems include a control panel & keypad, door or window contacts, a motion detector, and an alarm siren. AMP also offers other optional security devices such as remote control access, glass break detection and 24 hour monitored smoke detection.

When can I have my home security system installed?

Licensed technician at your home on average within one to three days. We will schedule a time for installation of a new home security system that is most convenient with your schedule, or we can upgrade your existing system at no additional cost.

How the Home Security System Actually Works?

When an alarm is sounded your security system’s internal siren will immediately sound and a voice will identify the area of intrusion. At the same time, a signal will be sent to the monitoring station and if you have a phone line someone will communicate with you directly through the panel, similar to an intercom system, to verify the alarm and confirm if everything is alright in the home.

If you do not have a phone and are using a cellular based alarm system our monitoring station will immediately attempt to contact you on the primary phone numbers that you have provided to us.

Will the security system work if there is a loss of power?

Yes. Systems come with a back-up battery that will run the system for 24 hours. Once power is restored the battery backup will automatically recharge itself as well. If the battery ever gets severely low, a signal will be transmitted to the monitoring center and you will be notified about it.


There are many things to take into consideration when you decide to purchase a security camera system. Hopefully, this FAQ has provided you with a bit more information and will help you in your search for the best security camera system for your needs.