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In today’s environment, security is much more than locks on doors and sensors on windows. A reliable, high-quality security system is the foundation for a safe workplace. However, a security system becomes much stronger and more effective when everyone in the organization takes an active, vigilant role in the security process.

Everyone from the pettiest purse snatcher to the most extreme terrorist has the same mindset. They do not necessarily choose victims. They choose soft targets. They’re looking for opportunity. And the role of security is to harden the targets and seal off the opportunities.

Basic Security Alarm System Terms and Definitions: It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with basic security alarm terms and their definitions, if you want to make an informed decision about purchasing or leasing a home or business alarm. Alarm terms defined on this page: (Click the terms to see their definition)

This is the metal “box” that holds the circuit board or “brains” of the alarm system, along with the backup battery that powers your alarm during a blackout. In a normal installation, it is installed in the basement, usually somewhere near the circuit panel and telephone demarcation point (where the telephone line first enters your home). In an apartment or condo, it may be installed in a closet or above a drop ceiling. Be sure your panel is installed in an area where it cannot easily be tampered with.

This is the device you use to enter your code to arm or disarm the system, and to see which device caused an alarm. Your installer will use the keypad extensively to program your alarm. It is sometimes confused with the word “panel”.

This is simply a way of separating the devices (motion sensor, door sensor, etc.) that are attached to your alarm panel. If your front door is attached to zone 1 for example, every time that door is opened the “zone 1″ light on the keypad will light up. In addition, if your alarm is set off by “zone 1″, the monitoring station will know it was the front door that caused the alarm. Some alarm companies will combine devices on one zone (eg a door and motion sensor in the same room) if they run out of zones to attach devices to. While this is not recommended, it is pretty standard practice in the industry. Most alarm panels start with 6-8 zones, but some can be expanded.