Home security alarm systems and home surveillance systems are both designed to protect your home and provide peace of mind, but they differ in how they function and what features they offer. Here are some key points of comparison:
Function: Home security alarm systems are designed to detect unauthorized entry into your home, such as through doors or windows, and trigger an alarm to alert you and/or a monitoring service. They typically include sensors such as motion detectors, door/window sensors, and glass break detectors. On the other hand, home surveillance systems use cameras and recording devices to monitor and record activities inside and/or outside your home. They provide video surveillance that can be accessed remotely and may also include features such as motion detection, night vision, and two-way audio.
Alerting: Home security alarm systems typically rely on loud sirens or alarms to alert you and others of a potential intrusion. They may also be connected to a professional monitoring service that can dispatch authorities in case of an alarm. In contrast, home surveillance systems may send notifications to your smartphone or other devices when motion is detected or when an event is recorded, allowing you to check the footage and take appropriate action.
Deterrence: Home security alarm systems are often designed to deter intruders from attempting to enter your home by sounding loud alarms that can scare them away. The visible presence of sensors, keypads, and alarm decals can also serve as a deterrent. Home surveillance systems, on the other hand, may deter intruders by the mere presence of visible cameras, as they know they are being recorded, which can discourage them from attempting to break in.
Recording: Home security alarm systems typically do not record video footage, as their main focus is on detecting intrusions and triggering alarms. Home surveillance systems, on the other hand, are designed to record video footage of activities inside and/or outside your home, which can be stored locally or in the cloud for later viewing and analysis.
Monitoring: Home security alarm systems may be connected to a professional monitoring service that can respond to alarms by contacting you and/or dispatching authorities. This can provide an additional layer of protection and peace of mind. Home surveillance systems, on the other hand, typically do not include professional monitoring as a standard feature, although some may offer optional monitoring services for an additional fee.
Cost: Home security alarm systems can vary in cost depending on the brand, features, and monitoring options. They may require upfront costs for equipment and installation, as well as ongoing monthly monitoring fees. Home surveillance systems also have a range of costs depending on the type and number of cameras, storage options, and other features. However, they may not require monthly monitoring fees unless you opt for optional monitoring services.
Convenience: Home security alarm systems are typically easy to arm and disarm using keypads, remote controls, or mobile apps. They may also integrate with other smart home devices, such as smart locks and smart lights, for added convenience. Home surveillance systems require more setup and configuration, including camera placement and network connectivity, but once installed, they can provide remote access to live video feeds and recorded footage through mobile apps or other devices.
In summary, while both home security alarm systems and home surveillance systems provide protection for your home, they differ in terms of their functions, features, and costs. Home security alarm systems focus on detecting intrusions and triggering alarms, while home surveillance systems provide video surveillance and recording capabilities. Although today some surveillance systems are also integrated with alarm functionality. Both systems can be effective in securing your home, and the choice between them depends on your specific needs and preferences.
At Phenom Electrotech (U) Ltd, once engaged, our qualified team will visit your premises, survey, do a physical and risk assessment, design possible solutions depending on your specific requirements, and come up with a detailed budget which will be forwarded to you for review. Once approved, then work will commence. For more information about this process, read our blog about “Procedure of selecting the right security system”