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What Makes A Good Residential Security System?

What Makes A Good Residential Security System?

With so many different security systems on the market, it can be difficult to know what features will be best for you and your needs. Do you require porch surveillance because you receive a lot of packages? Do you have areas of low visibility around your home that make you feel more vulnerable to break ins? Do you want to monitor a detached garage or workshop? Do you want to check in on your children or pets when they are home alone? Do you want to sleep easy knowing your family is safe? There are several features that will allow you to improve your security overall. If you are looking for a residential alarm system, here are some features to consider that will increase the effectiveness of your security system; allowing you to feel safe and in control of your home.


Features To Look For In A Residential Security System

  1. Video Surveillance. While there are great quality residential security systems that use only motion detection, video surveillance is ideal. While motion detection and door alarms serve a great purpose, having video surveillance as well allows you to check why your alarm is triggered in such cases as an alarm is set off in error by your child coming home unexpectedly. Video surveillance also allows you to see what has happened earlier in the day, so you can verify package deliveries or movement in and out of your home. If someone has attempted to break in or vandalize your home, video surveillance gives you the ability to identify the culprit. Having visible video surveillance cameras also deter thieves, as they realize they are more likely to be caught.
  2. Live Monitoring. Seeing the security feed in real-time lets you to keep an eye on things as they happen. This means the police can be contacted at the moment an intruder tries to enter your home, but it can also be used for theft prevention if the live monitoring comes with two-way audio or an auditory alarm.
  3. Two-Way Audio. This feature allows you to communicate with anyone detected on your property. This is highly beneficial for scaring away intruders as they know they have been caught in the act. Some systems allow for the homeowner themselves to interact over the two-way audio system, but other residential security systems are monitored by staff of the security company who are trained to deal with trespassers.
  4. Night Vision. Many crimes are committed under the cover of night, as thieves hope their targets are asleep. This is also the time when many of us may feel vulnerable and become nervous about our safety. Night vision on a residential security camera allows for greater peace of mind that can help you and your family sleep easy. With night vision cameras, you can catch crooks in the act and can help the police to identify and catch them despite the darkness that may otherwise hide their identity.
  5. Field Of View. When installing residential security cameras, it is important to consider the coverage you want. This will determine where to put the cameras, how many you require, and how wide you want your camera lens. While you can decide what areas you want to observe, you may need assistance from a security company to determine how to optimize your field of view.
  6. Smart Home Functionality. A residential security system that is linked to your phone allows you to monitor your home at all times and to control and check the video surveillance system at any time and from any place. This is beneficial when your camera activates due to motion allowing you to observe footage in real time from wherever you are. This can be convenient for checking in on pets or children while you’re at the office, out of town, or in your parked car.
  7. Motion Detectors. A camera with motion detectors will send an alert when there is motion outside of your home, immediately letting you know if there is a threat. Having motion detecting cameras can save you hours of unusable video that take up memory and storage.
  8. Door And Window Sensors. Having sensors on all points of entry to your home allows you to feel secure without the need to have a camera on every window. These residential alarms can also come with glass break sensors that alert you to break-ins.

Feel Safe In Calgary With A Residential Security System From Frontline

The key to a great security system is partnering with a company that will customize your residential alarm system and offer you a selection or combination of the features listed in this article. As a Calgary-owned and operated full-service business, Frontline Security focuses on providing Calgarians with local, independent solutions for all of your security needs. Frontline Security’s residential alarm and video surveillance systems allow you to keep an eye on your home wherever you are and protect everyone and everything in it. By conducting a FREE CONSULTATION, Frontline Security can determine what type of residential security systems will work best for you and your family. Call us at 1-403-291-9311 or fill out the contact form to set up a residential security system and keep an eye on what matters most to you.


Q: Does Frontline only offer residential video surveillance?
A: While residential video surveillance is one of the options available, we also provide residential alarm systems for those who don’t want security cameras installed.

Q: Does Frontline install the cameras or do I have to do that myself?
A: Whether you are getting residential video surveillance or a residential alarm system, Frontline will complete the installation from start to finish. This includes a free consultation, design and planning, review and approval, and installation and quality control.

Q: Does cold weather affect security cameras?
A: Security cameras in Calgary need some extra features and maintenance to ensure they can survive our long and chilly winters without issue. Choosing a camera with the correct IP rating, installing it to be protected from the elements (as much as possible), and adding a waterproof casing are some of the ways you can make sure your home protection system lasts through the coldest months of the year.

Your First Line of Defence

Your First Line of Defence

In a world of ever-increasing threats, you need a security company you can count on. We’re that company. Our Calgary-based full-service security company specializes in commercial security solutions, providing large-scale properties and facilities with the protection they need to guard their valuable assets. We also provide residential alarm and video surveillance systems, giving homeowners the peace of mind they need to sleep soundly at night. 

If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. Put us on the frontline and rest easy knowing you’re properly defended.

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You’ve worked hard to build your business or buy your home. Now it’s time to protect them properly and give yourself the peace of mind you deserve. Our full-service security solutions can give whatever matters most to you the 360° protection it needs. Contact us today by calling (403) 291-9311 or by filling out the form below and put us on your frontline.

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