The History of Home Security

The History of Home Security


The earliest home security systems date back to the early 1900’s. These systems were generally expensive and very hard to monitor. In the past 100 years as technology has changed, as technology changed home security systems have also changed.

Early home security systems were very expensive and surprisingly ineffective. They were very similar to car alarms. If the security system was tripped it caused a loud siren to sound, but in order to monitor these systems you had to be within hearing distance. As time passed and more and more consumers purchased these local alarm systems false alarms increased at such a rate that many times when an alarm would sound it would be neglected. Intruders quickly learned how to defeat these systems making the home security system essentially useless.

The first home security systems were triggered by the release of a button fitted into a door or window frame. Once the alarm was triggered the intruder could easily silence the alarm by closing the entry way used to enter the property. Today home security systems are extremely advanced, offering inexpensive professionally monitored DIY solutions up to highly sophisticated systems requiring professional installation.

Today’s security systems are extremely effective in preventing burglary and thefts as well as helping police respond to emergency situations. The mainstay of the home security system is definitely the high decibel siren. Today the siren is used to ward off would be intruders not for monitoring purposes. In most cases home security systems are monitored by large companies with multiple monitoring centers.

These centers house countless trained professionals who are there in times of need for residences and businesses across the country. These monitoring centers also can provide support for other potential disasters such as carbon monoxide, fire, freezing pipes, and much more.

Home security has changed a great deal over the last century and will continue to do so as long as technology continues to progress.



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