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NCJ Number: 134610 Find in a Library
Title: Alarm Book: A Guide to Burglar and Fire Alarms
Author(s): D McTague; D Smith
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 200
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth-Heinemann
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
Publication Number: 0-7506-9316-9
Sale Source: Butterworth-Heinemann
225 Wildwood Ave
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is designed to help security practitioners, business managers, homeowners, alarm company personnel, insurance agents, police, and firefighters understand the many issues related to burglar and fire alarms.
Abstract: A successful alarm system can yield years of uninterrupted business operation and a sense of security at home, while an unsuccessful system will lead to aggravation, worry, and financial loss. The central station, through which an alarm company operates the systems of all its clients, should be approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This book describes basic burglar alarm protection and outlines the factors to consider when balancing protection in a system with its cost. Common types of sensing devices include mechanical contact, damage-induced circuit interruption, interruption of light beams, reflected energy, infrared radiation, and capacitance. Special trip points, vaults, and safes are also key to a comprehensive security system. The book covers holdup alarm systems, transmitting devices and connecting lines, non-supervised systems versus supervised systems, and UL certification. Manual alarm stations, automatic fire alarm systems, and water sprinkler supervisory systems monitor fire, hazard, and water flow. Elements of the full home alarm system are described as well as installation of home alarms and cost. Steps for buying an alarm include consulting a checklist of practical steps, avoiding costly mistakes, and understanding the contract with the alarm company. Another chapter discusses the mechanics of using a home alarm system. Antiquated equipment, manufacturers defects, procedural failures, overcomplication of alarms, and damaged equipment are some of the problems often encountered by homeowners with their alarm systems. 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Alarm system evaluation; Alarm system technical information
Index Term(s): Fire detection
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