Burglar Alarm Systems

Burglar alarm systems include hardwired, wireless and hybrid setups and are configured to monitor a set number of zones, although expansion is almost always an option. Used in homes, businesses and elsewhere, burglar alarms provide a level of deterrence against potential intruders. In the event of an actual break-in, the alarm is triggered and a central monitoring station is notified, at which point responders are dispatched.

Burglar Alarm Setup

Whether you opt for a wireless or a hardwired burglar alarm, it will include many of the same components. The brain of the system is the control panel, which is built to support an initial, as well as a maximum number of zones or secure areas. Basic hardwired kits include the programmable keypad, an indoor siren, a motion detector, a limited number of door/window magnet sensors and a power transformer. Wireless control panels often include the siren, keypad, dialer and other components in the same module. Signal transmission devices are required with wireless systems.


Burglar alarm systems are often equipped with a built-in phone line and dialer to alert the monitoring station. Increasingly, systems are VoIP compatible for a more reliable line of communication. Support capability may include X10 devices, multiple keypads, output devices for system expansion and remote control via touchtone phone. Most burglar alarms provide for multiple user access codes, offer a viewable event log and feature a keypad with an easily-programmable text or graphics-based interface.