Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Burglar Alarms

It does bother me that in many houses, the burglar alarm control panels are situated at some distance from the doors.

This is fine if like me, you wear shoes without laces (a sensible choice if you are a shoes-off person), but if you are wearing laces you will end up having to walk across the hallway in your shoes or else risk the alarm going off.

Can the installers of these devices not see the sense in putting the control panels closer to the doors?

7 comments:

Bob said...

Things must be a bit differnt in the UK. We have an alarm system in our home and there are two key pads. One is in the master bedroom and the other is by the door that leads to the garage. In fact most home in the US that have such systems have a key pad by the door that would lead to the garage based on the fact that this is the most frequently used entrance/exit.

richyrich said...

Why can't they have ones that you can defuse by keying in a code or pin number through your mobile phone, surely such an innovation wouldn't be beyond the capabilities of modern technology.

Celestial Fundy said...

Bob, does that mean that in some homes, you would need to go through the house to read the keypad?

Celestial Fundy said...

Rich, there might be a question of security involved in connecting the mobile phone to the alarm system.

I am not sure there would be much need for such a development. If one is arriving home, why would one need to switch off the alarm externally through one's mobile phone?

Bob said...

Matthew,
No one does not need to trod through the house. In the US the most common entrance for an occupant is via the door nearest the garage and most homes have attached garages which have direct access to the house which is why the keypad is located by that door.
Every alarm system that I have ever seen has two keypads one in the master bedroom and one by the door most frequently used by the occupants.

Celestial Fundy said...

A lot of homes have a keypad in the master bedroom here too.

Maybe the idea of having the pad in the hallway is so one can get to it if one comes in through the front or the back.

Bob said...

That could be the reason, but I am thankful for one by the door that leads to the garage...makes life easier for me!!!