The history of home security


Unfortunately in recent years, home security has moved to the forefront of all householders thoughts. Gone are the carefree days of being able to leaving doors open at all times. Even since the early days of home security there has been a big shift in what a burglar alarm is all about. Gone are simple key-switch control panels and deadbolt locks to be replaced with digital keypads and key-fob systems. Today’s security systems may be the result of an huge increase in technological development in recent years but the foundations for effective security systems were actually created generations ago. To help you to gain an understanding of how the security industry has evolved, we have put together a brief summary of how our mindset has changed regarding home security.

The First home security systems

At the end of World War I there was an increase in crime across the world, with people becoming more security conscious as a result, looking for ways to protect themselves and their property. One such way was the use of ‘door shakers’, night watchmen who would shake subscribers’ doors each night to ensure they were locked. Then came the arrival of ‘home alarm’ systems, whereby the house was installed with electromagnetic contacts, fitted to doors and windows and connected to a battery and bell. An early version of an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) would see the systems monitored by a central station that then sent a guard to the residence when the alarm was triggered. In addition many insurance companies began offering premium discounts to alarm subscribers which in turn saw rise in the installation of home alarm systems. These days the early door shakers have been replaced by sophisticated burglar alarm systems that are able to allow householders to check if their alarm is set from remote destinations using web-enabled devices. Householders can lock doors, arm the system, and with many systems control household devices such as heating thermostats.

Here at Panoramic Fire and Security we will design a burglar alarm system that suits your specific requirements, from a simple ‘bells only’ alarm to a fully functional ‘monitored’ intruder alarm.

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