How Pets Play into Security Systems

How Pets Play into Security Systems
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    Many homeowners today invest in electronic home security systems.

    Not only do these systems notify the residents in case of a break-in, but also act as a deterrent and reduce the chances of a burglary.


However, getting the right home security system is tougher for pet owners than for households without pets. In this article, we will explore the challenges faced by pet owners while choosing home security systems and also look at the various pet-friendly security systems available today.

So, what are pet owners’ pet peeves when it comes to home security systems?

  • Pets frequently set off false alarms. This is especially true if you have a dog or a cat that moves around all the time. False alarms are not just annoying; they can also burn a hole in your pocket if your home security provider has a fine for false alarms.
  • Homeowners with a puppy have often ended up with a defunct alarm because the little one chewed up all the wires. Getting the alarm re-installed is an added expense.
  • Sound-based alarms can frighten animals. Many pet owners have a tough time comforting terrified animals after an alarm is set off.

Hence, many pet owners find it impractical to install home security systems and decide against it. However, thanks to technological advancements, now pet lovers can secure their homes without restricting their pets’ movements too much. Listed below are a few options that pet owners can consider.

  • Wireless security systems: Installing a 100% wireless home security system eliminates the possibility of chewed-up wires and also protects pets from potential danger.
  • Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors: These sensors can differentiate between the amount of infrared body heat emitted by humans and animals which reduces the chances of false alarms. However, some PIR based systems may not work in houses with large dogs such as a St. Bernard.
  • Dual technology motion detectors: Here the information from two detectors is used to identify the moving object. Quite often the two detectors are placed at different heights – one low and one high – and an alarm is triggered only if both detectors are activated.
  • Photoelectric motion detectors: These detectors project infrared light between two points and set off an alarm when the beam is broken. If placed at the right height, it is unlikely that dogs or cats will activate such an alarm unless the dog is very large.
  • Silent alarms: Some home security systems communicate with the monitoring center of the service provider instead of sounding an alarm within the house, which may frighten pets. The monitoring center usually calls up the homeowner and verifies if it is a real or false alarm. If it is a false alarm, the homeowner can cancel it using a private authorization code. Authorities are dispatched only if the code is not provided.

Apart from these security systems, some service providers also offer systems for other types of pets, such as fish or turtles that live in an aquarium. Flood and freeze sensors alert the owner if the aquarium develops a leak or there is sudden increase or decrease in room temperature. Owners can also install cameras which allow them to monitor the pet while at work.

Pet immune home security systems do impact one’s budget. For example, PIR sensors are cheaper than dual technology motion detectors. However, it may be better to invest in a more expensive security system that suits one’s house and needs, rather than paying fines for false alarms. Most service providers today understand the needs of households with pets and work with homeowners to ensure their families’ safety. After all, pets are family, too.

Dan Muston, a professional locksmith for 10 years, is intrigued by safety, locksmith work and security installations. Aside from creating articles about the locksmith profession for web and blog sites, Muston maintains the growing social media presence of DandLock, a professional locksmith company servicing Arizona, California, Florida and New York. Reach out to Muston via email at: [email protected]

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