How Commercial Burglary and Intrusion Alarms Work

How Commercial Burglary and Intrusion Alarms Work

One of the most effective ways to protect your business from after-hours break-ins, theft and vandalism is with a burglary and intrusion alarm system. A comprehensive alarm system not only protects your inventory and assets, but it makes your customers and employees feel safe.

It’s very likely that you have interacted with commercial intrusion alarm systems at some point. But have you ever stopped to think about how exactly they work? Have you wondered what are the components that make up a system? If you are thinking of installing one in your own business, have you considered what components your system should have?

Read on to find the answers and learn more about commercial burglary and intrusion alarms.

How Burglary & Intrusion Alarm Systems Work

Burglary and intrusion alarm systems are made up of a number of components that work together to monitor for, and alert you to the presence of intruders. Some of the primary system components include:

  • Control panel – The control panel is the brain of the alarm system. It’s where the signals from all of the devices above are sent and processed. In most facilities, the panel is installed in a closet or utility room where it is not easily accessible to people who are looking to tamper with the system.
  • Keypad – A keypad is the place from which the system is actually controlled. It is used to arm/disarm, set users, and perform other programmatic functions. A keypad can vary from a simple push-button alphanumeric keypad to full screen display. It connects to the other system components using either a hard-wired or wireless connection.
  • Door/window sensors – The sensors are placed in a door or window and on the adjoining sill or frame. Each sensor contains a magnetic connector. When the two sensors are touching each other, and the system is armed, it registers a particular door or window as being secure. However, once the door or window is opened and the connectors separated, an alarm is triggered.
  • Glassbreak sensors – When glass breaks, it produces a unique sound frequency. Glass break sensors use a microphone to listen for that specific frequency and once it is picked up, an alarm is triggered.
  • Motion detectors – These detectors use vibration, ultrasonic waves, microwave pulses, and infrared heat to monitor for movement in a specific space. The range and capabilities of motion detectors vary from device to device. It’s crucial to install ones that are properly suited to the space and purpose.

In short, all of these components work together to form a comprehensive alarm system that keeps your business safe and protected against potential intruders.

Burglary & Intrusion Alarms with Supreme Security Systems

Most commercial intrusion alarm systems are monitored by a professional security company; meaning that if an alarm is triggered, a notification is sent to the security company’s monitoring center and they alert the authorities.

At Supreme, our alarm monitoring center is listed with Underwriters Laboratory (UL), approved by Factory Mutual (FM), and also has a “Five Diamond” certification, as designated by The Monitoring Association (TMA). Our monitoring center is staffed by highly trained operators, ready to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you would like to learn more about our services and what our custom alarm systems can do to improve the safety and security of your business, contact us today!