Home Alarm Systems 101

Toronto is home to more than 6 million people, with visitors coming and going every day. With so many in the city, it makes sense that most families have a home alarm system in their dwelling.

Home alarm systems offer peace of mind when you’re home or away. They alert you to intruders, prevent break-ins, and even record strange activity around your home when you’re not there to see it for yourself.

Home alarm systems have come a long way over the last decade. At Protection Plus, we’re proud to serve the Greater Toronto Area, offering Torontonians a safer, more relaxing place to call home.

One of the greatest things we can provide our customers is information. Understanding home security optimizes the way your home security system works for you. Thus, here’s what you should know about owning a home alarm system.

Types of Home Alarm Systems

Modern home alarm systems come in all shapes and sizes. At Protection Plus, we understand that no two homeowners are exactly alike. This means the necessity of customizable security setups. For our team, this includes products and services like:

Alarm-i

Alarm-i is a video verification system. When an alarm is triggered in your home, the video system turns on in order to capture whatever event is occurring. This could be the opening of a window, door, garage, or other avenues of entry.

An alarm automatically captures a video and sends you a text or email with the footage. This lets you view video clips of potential problems at home from anywhere you go. You can see what’s happening at home, and therefore determine your plan of action.

This same footage is also sent to our monitoring station, where an operator views the video and contacts the correct authorities. This additional protection through our monitoring station catches false alarms so they don’t cause panic or alert police accidentally.

Smart Home Monitoring

Smart Home Monitoring connects you to your house through a convenient app. When you’re not home, whether you’re at work, or even out of the country on vacation, you can check in to control things at the house.

Smart Home Monitoring lets you turn on and off your security system, and provide you with real-time 24/7 monitoring from our security team and live operators. It also guarantees access to protection from burglary, flood, carbon monoxide, and fire through our notification system. Notifications get sent directly to your smartphone, letting you know if something of concern has occurred on your property.

Pair your Smart Home Monitoring app with the Alarm-i to remotely view your front door, check on visitors, watch for deliveries, and more.

Qolsys IQ Panel 4

Qolsys IQ Panel 4 offers all the security gadgets that homeowners need to keep tabs on their properties. This includes:

  • 7” HD Touchscreen
  • a built-in 4K (8MP) camera
  • a new exclusive feature: Dual SRF featuring PowerG, the best wireless sensor protocol available. PowerG has 4x the range of traditional wireless, military grade 2-way encryption, automatic signal adjustment to improve battery life and ensure a reliable connection, and interference circumvention to ensure your signals never get blocked by other wireless protocols.

You choose what your home needs as you work with a member of the Protection Plus team to create your custom-made home alarm system.

Benefits of a Home Alarm System

Modern home alarm systems do more than just alert you to potential theft or vandalism. With smart locks and smart doorbells, you can do everything from keeping tabs on visiting relatives to ensuring packages are delivered on time.

Some of the greatest advantages of a home alarm system are:

  • Alerts to open windows and doors
  • The ability to lock windows and doors if you leave home and forget
  • Video monitoring from work or while on vacation
  • Ongoing surveillance from the Protection Plus security team
  • Ability to see who is at the door before opening it
  • Smoke, carbon monoxide, flood, and fire alerts

Home alarm systems with video surveillance also protect you against potential liability threats. Like a dashcam, having video evidence of mishaps on your property leaves you secure if a legal case should arise.

Remote security makes your Toronto home safer than ever before. With the ability to check in on your camera system from anywhere you have an internet connection to 24/7 monitoring by our security team, you exponentially lower the risk of an accident or crime occurring on your property.

Home Alarm System Add-Ons

As you set up your home security system, consider adding additional features or products, such as:

Home Security Audit

Before you begin building your home security system, a home security audit is a must. At Protection Plus, we offer free, no-obligation audits of your current security system, with recommendations for advancement and add-ons.

Our team not only understands security, but we also know what to expect in Toronto and how to secure even the trickiest of residences. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or a two-story duplex, we’ve got you covered.

Door and Window Reinforcements

Locks aren’t always enough to deter forced entry. Broken doors and windows are common in home burglaries. Fortunately, you can reinforce your doors and windows with our:

  • Door guardians
  • Window guardians
  • Patio door locks
  • Safe door systems
  • Strike plates

Our locksmith and door-lock team can work with doors of all shapes and sizes, reinforcing not only the strike plate around your lock but the frame itself, if necessary.

Security Window Bars

In extreme circumstances, you might not feel safe with standard window glass on your windows. This is sometimes the case for homeowners with a home business. To keep your assets secure, and your windows break-free, window bars can be added to enhance security and deter break-ins.

These are just some of the add-ons that you can opt for when you begin designing your security system. Protection Plus can help you decide what other services or products would benefit your home.

Contact Protection Plus Today

Interested in learning more about Protection Plus and our home alarm system options? We want to hear from you. Our experienced team is familiar with each of our products and happy to walk you through the most beneficial system for your home type and lifestyle. To chat with our team today, call 1-844-365-7587 or contact us online.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.