Using a Security System in An Apartment

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Using a Security System in An Apartment

Oh My Apartment · Feb 4, 2013

For many years, having a security system in an apartment was something that was almost unheard of. This was usually because landlords didn’t permit tenants to drill holes in walls, use staples to run wire along baseboards or ceilings or otherwise perform additions or improvements that require drilling a hole almost anywhere.

However, advancements in home security system technology have now made it possible for apartment tenants to easily add a security system to help provide protection and security for themselves and their valuables. There are now many types of home security systems that apartment tenants can install that don’t require running a lot of system wires or drilling holes in walls or ceilings, and many of the security systems can even be monitored by professional alarm monitoring companies.

Wireless Security Systems

Many alarm system manufacturers now produce wireless alarm systems that are popular for use in apartments and even dorm rooms. These types of wireless home security systems offer all of the functionality of a standard home security system and are easily installed in a couple of hours.

Many modern wireless home security systems don’t even require that you screw anything into the wall as they come with self-adhesive double-faced tape for attaching sensors and motion detectors to the wall. Even the system control panel offered by many manufacturers offers the ability to be taped to the wall rather than drilled and screwed.

In order to use a wireless alarm system, you simply need to apply the window and door sensors in the appropriate areas of your apartments, choose a location for motion detectors and then set up the system control panel. The system control panel gets its power from a standard plug-in outlet, and communicates with your alarm monitoring company via a standard telephone plug cord and adapter that can be used in conjunction with your regular telephone. You simply plug in the cord to your online, add the Y adapter included with the kit and then plug in your telephone.

Setting Up a Wireless Home Security System

Once you have installed all of the components of your wireless apartment security system, setting up the control panel is usually as simple as following voice prompts from the control panel itself. Today’s modern alarm systems that are made for use in apartments provide step-by-step verbal instructions on how to enter security codes and enter phone numbers to be dialed in case of emergency, such as your monitoring company or even your cellular phone. The entire setup process can usually be completed in about 30 minutes or less.

Other Apartment Security Options

In addition to wireless home security systems for your apartment, you might want to consider using your personal computer as an apartment surveillance system. You can easily use a webcam to record video inside your apartment. In fact, you can even purchase webcams that offer motion detection capability. This will allow you to save valuable hard drive space on your computer by only recording activity when motion is detected. In order to find out how to set up your home your personal computer for use as a surveillance system, simply use your favorite search engine and enter terms like “use a webcam as a surveillance camera.”

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