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Home security – DIY or do it with confidence

Home security – DIY or do it with confidence

As featured in The Sun Herald & The Age on Sunday 15th October, 2017

Keeping your home safe with smart systems is a task best left to security professionals.

The push to DIY would have us believe there is nothing we can’t build, install or maintain ourselves. But is the security of our home something we want to leave in our possibly not-so-capable hands?

There’s a plethora of DIY home-security systems available. They are typically self-monitored using a smart phone, or not monitored at all. This opens the door to the accompanying risk of missing critical alarms – and knowing how to respond.

DIY systems may also fail to meet requirements set by insurance companies, whereas professionally installed and maintained systems are approved and recognised by many insurers. Some may even provide insurance discounts. So having a professional home security evaluation make sense.  

“A licensed security professional has the experience and expertise to advise on the correct placement of all detection devices and assist customers in getting the right solution for their home,” says Amanda Wigley, general manager, security and monitoring solutions marketing at Chubb Fire & Security.  

“Every customer’s situation is different as far as what they want to protect and a professional home security evaluation will help provide the best possible solution for their needs, covering potential security concerns and risks.”  

The key criteria when choosing a home security solution is the quality of the system; careful selection and placement of detection devices; regular maintenance, and a professional monitoring service. 

A home alarm system, when triggered, will activate a local siren and communicate an alarm.  

With a Chubb system, the signal is received by Chubb’s A1 graded monitoring centre. On notification, highly trained response operators then activate a pre-determined emergency response plan.

  

 

  

 

“With 24-7-365 availability and compliance with ASIAL (Australian Security Industry Association Limited) standards, our monitoring operators will ensure the quickest possible response to the emergency,” Wigley says.

This may include calling the client, sending a patrol car or, in the event of a verified alarm, contacting emergency services.  

Typically, home alarm systems use a variety of detection devices linked to a central control panel which monitors potential intruder entry points. Magnetic contacts are placed on windows and doors, and customers can opt for glass sensors that set off an alarm if door or window glass is smashed.  

Inside a home, carefully placed passive infrared sensors can detect movement. Pet-sensitive detectors allow for their movements.  

Panic buttons can also be fixed to convenient places around the house or on a remote key fob, to provide an extra sense of security.  

“Panic buttons should be located within easy reach of each occupant in the home,” says Wigley. “In the case of a home invasion or medical emergency, clients can press a panic button to trigger the alarm system and alert our monitoring centre, which will help them deal with the situation according to agreed protocols.”  

Technological advances mean security solutions such as Chubb’s smart home alarm system can have camera monitoring and automation including compatible door locks, lighting and controllers for split-system air-conditioning and garage doors.  

The Chubb app gives customers greater visibility and helps them monitor their home from anywhere via any internet-connected device such as a laptop, smartphone or tab-let, says Wigley. “Customers can see what’s happening in their home, check in on the kids, the pets – they can do this anywhere, any time.” 

Chubb offers an obligation-free home assessment by a specialist covering potential security weaknesses and risks.

To learn about the Chubb visible package, visit our solutions page or call Chubb or call 1300 124 822 and select option 1 from the menu.

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