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Security Systems - Intrusion


The Problem.

One of the major problems churches face these days is break and entry. Usually this happens when the building is empty. An intrusion detection security system addresses this problem quite effectively.

How the system works.

A basic intrusion detection system consists of motion sensors installed in strategic locations plus a siren and keypad. This equipment is connected to a control panel which is usually located in your electrical room. You can add many other devices such as door and window sensors, smoke and fire sensors and glass break detectors if necessary.

The system is armed by the last person leaving the building, and disarmed by the first person coming in. Everyone who has a key for the building needs a pass code number and password which they pick themselves. The system is programmed with entrance and exit delays on the appropriate zones to allow you to arm and exit, or enter and disarm without setting off the alarm.

Usually the system is monitored. Although we can arrange any procedure you desire, here is the typical sequence of events when the alarm is tripped.

1) The siren sounds, and the control panel seizes the telephone line and calls the monitoring computer.
2) The appropriate codes are transferred between the computers.
3) The monitoring station will phone the church (usually within 1 minute) to find out if it is a false alarm. If someone answers, they will be asked for their name and password. If the person is a valid key holder, the alarm will be cancelled. If they are not, the police will be phoned.
4a) If the police were phoned in step 3, the first person on the contact list will be called and informed. If there is no answer, they will continue to phone people on the contact list.
4b) If there was no answer at the church in step 3, the first person on the contact list will be called and asked if they want the police dispatched. If there is no answer, they will dispatch the police then continue to phone people on the contact list

Designed for you.

Intrusion security systems are custom designed for each application. They can cover the entire building including doors and windows if you desire, but often they only protect entrances and key areas.

For example you could have motion sensors in your entrance areas, hallways, sanctuary and offices only. If someone broke in through a door or a room with a motion sensor, the alarm would trip right away. If they broke in through a room without a sensor it would trip when they left the room and entered a hallway. This way you can significantly reduce the cost while still providing the protection you need.

Programmed For You

Every alarm system is custom programmed for your exact requirements. Zone names and partitions, delays, user codes and passwords are all entered and changed by computer either on site or over the phone line from our office. There is no charge for this as long as we are looking after you monitoring.

If you would like to see some of the programming options, please click here to see the programming options form.

Below is an example of a possible installation:

Decisions .. Decisions ...

Probably the first decision you need to make is this one. Do you want the system armed when there is someone in the building, or just when it is vacant?

If you want protection while the building is occupied, here is what you might want to do:

1) Partition the system so that one zone (an area which is not occupied) can be armed while the occupied area is not. When the building is vacant, both zones can be armed.

2) Add door and window sensors on a separate zone from the motion sensors. This way you can arm the doors and windows, without arming the motion sensors. This way people can move around inside but anyone entering the building will trip the alarm.

If you only want protection when the building is vacant, you can probably use a single zone system with motion sensors only.

System Components:


Control Panel

The heart of the security system is the control panel. This is where the information from the sensors and keypads are processed. It is also the unit which dials and communicates with the monitoring station computer.

This is the panel we often use in our security systems. It is made right here in Canada by Paradox, a highly respected manufacturer known worldwide.



Along with an AC power supply for the Control Panel, we add a rechargeable battery so that the system is not affected by AC power failure.




Key Pad

This is where you communicate with the system. A keypad should be installed at any doors you use as a main entrance or exit. You can see the status of the system on the keypad display, and enter your pass code to arm or disarm the system.





Every system also has a siren to indicate that the alarm has been tripped. More than one siren can be added, but since they are very loud, usually only one is needed.




Motion Sensor

We install several motion sensors throughout the building. These units have microprocessors built into them to give them "intelligence" enabling them to determine whether there is true motion or a false alarm.






Magnetic Contact

Sometimes we add Magnetic Switches to doors and windows. This is done more often when we want to arm the system while people are inside the building.




Some of the other devices we could install include:

Smoke Detectors

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Glass Break Detectors

Cellular Telephone Dialers

Keyless Entry Devices

If you would like us to help you design and provide a security system for your building, please contact us.

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