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The Choice is Endless - Part four

By Colonnade Security Inc.

Motion sensors

There are many types of motion sensors on the market today. Over the years, motion sensors have evolved enough to be able to protect any type of situation.

These devices have pulse counters, dual sensors, harsh environment settings, curtain motions, long range, short range and ceiling detectors to name a few; there are sensors for every application out there. Large and small corporations make use of these technologies; they realize that, when their premises need to be protected, there is a cost to do it right.

For most homeowners and businesses, it still comes down to price and they end up buying a basic alarm system that is prone to false alarms.

When you pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for your home, business, or warehouse, though, you should buy a good alarm system that will effectively protect your investment without the nuisance associated with false alarms.

A motion sensor is something you should be prepared to spend some money on – spending a few dollars more for a good motion sensor will save you the cost of upgrading and service calls in the few short months after your installation.

Pet motion sensors are now available to protect a home that has pets, eliminating a problem that has existed for years.

A pet motion sensor looks at a view of pixels. As the sensor scans a room it has a view of, for example, 1000 pixels. Unless 200 pixels or more are broken at any one time, there are no alarms. Cats will most likely use about 20 to 30 when walking around and dogs will use 50 to 100; as long as they stay below the number provided, the sensor does not see the pet.

All motions should be installed and tested on site by a technician. They can take a few minutes to set up, but when installed properly you should have no worries.

You should consider dual motion detectors from the beginning; they cost more, but you will have peace of mind with better equipment.

As mentioned in parts one, two, and three of this series, “The Choice is Endless,” cost should not be the only factor that you consider when choosing a security system to protect your home, business, or warehouse. You should check the company’s reputation with the local police, in our case, the Ottawa Police and the Better Business Bureau.

As a rule, a sound security system will cost about 0.5 percent the value of your home; for example, for a $300,000 home, it will cost you about $1500.00 or more depending on your particular needs.

At Colonnade Security Inc.; we do not lease or rent alarm security systems. If you are considering a finance option, we are here for you. With over 35 years of security experience, give Colonnade Security Inc., in Ottawa a try.

For more information, you can call 613-839-1274 or email

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