A professionally installed intrusion alarm system is one of the best ways you can protect your Chicago, IL home or business. Studies consistently show that you’re far less likely to be a victim of burglary if you have an alarm system installed.
Having a home burglar alarm system can provide Chicago, IL families with peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones and property are protected. For area business owners, an intrusion alarm system provides valuable protection against costly break-ins, theft and vandalism.
Greatline Communications provides professional security products and intrusion alarm installation services for single family homes, multi-family residences and businesses of all sizes, with a focus on customized solutions for both new construction and existing homes and commercial buildings.
It is estimated that approximately 2,500,000 residential burglaries occur across the United States every year. These traumatic and potentially dangerous events cost homeowners approximately $3.1 billion.
Perhaps surprisingly, most home burglaries occur during daylight hours, between 10:00am and 3:00pm, when most people are at work and burglars are least likely to be discovered.
Businesses and commercial facilities are targets for break-ins as well. Those that do not have alarm systems are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized than those that do.
The good news is, a professionally installed intrusion alarm system can be a very effective deterrent against burglary and other property crimes. FBI statistics report that homes and businesses with security systems are 300% less likely to be burglarized.
Learn how we can design and install an affordable intrusion alarm system for your Chicago, IL home, residential facility or business. Contact us today for a no-obligation security assessment.
An intrusion alarm system is useless without proper installation. This is why it can be risky to attempt to do a DIY installation of your home or business burglar alarm system. When you choose to work with Greatline Communications, you are choosing local Chicago, IL security professionals with years of experience, well trained technicians, and a commitment to providing first class customer service.
We offer complete residential and commercial security alarm services, including system design, installation, maintenance and monitoring. Our installers are highly qualified professionals who know home and commercial security inside and out. We carefully vet and perform a complete background check on each of our employees before they are permitted to work in our customers’ homes or places of business.
At Greatline Communications, we know that every Chicago, IL property has unique security needs. That’s why no two of our burglar alarm systems are alike. We begin our process with an extensive on-site evaluation, to ensure that we address all of your security risks, your existing infrastructure, and your budget.
Our security system designers will then engineer a customized intrusion alarm system to protect your property. We then fine-tune our equipment and design configurations to fit your specifications and your budget.
Motion sensors are the backbone of an intrusion alarm system, because they can detect movement inside of your property. Sensors are placed strategically around your home or business, to cover all possible entry and exit points and travel paths. Using passive infrared light, motion sensors detect any unusual heat signatures that move in front of them. Whenever your alarm is armed and a heat source is detected by a motion sensor, your alarm is triggered.
30% of burglars will attempt to enter your Chicago, IL home or business through an unlocked window or door, so we use window and door contacts to address this risk. Contacts are installed in pairs, one on the inside of the door or window frame, and the other on the door or window itself. Whenever the door or window is closed, the contacts are connected. If the connection is broken while your alarm is armed, your alarm will sound.
Surprisingly, many burglars aren’t afraid of making noise while they attempt to break into a property. To address this, glassbreak detectors are placed near windows or glass entry points like sliding doors. If glass is broken in your home or business when your alarm is armed, these sensors pick up on the specific frequency and trigger your alarm.
Shock sensors can detect vibrations like those made by a burglar using force to break through a wall, roof or other area of a structure. As with glass breaks, shock sensors are combined with other burglar alarm system components to provide redundant protection.
Panic buttons are programmed so that with one push of a button, you can alert local authorities to send help right away. These small devices can located in convenient locations throughout your home or business, or even be worn on your person.
Perimeter protection gives you the ability to arm your door and window contacts and glassbreak detectors separately from the motion sensors in the interior of your home or business, allowing you to move around freely while still providing protection against intruders and attempted break-ins while you are present.
As with perimeter protection, multi-area arming allows you to arm only certain areas of your home or business, while keeping others unarmed. This gives you the ability to arm selected rooms or even entire floors.
Your control panel is the command center for your intrusion alarm system, enabling you to arm and disarm the entire system or certain portions of it, and get status updates on alarm settings and which doors are locked.
Don’t underestimate the importance of the yard sign! The alarm company sign that you post in your front yard is a surprisingly effective crime deterrent. Burglars avoid homes with alarms, so advertising to a potential intruder that your home is protected (even if your alarm is not armed) is strong encouragement for them to look for another target.
All intrusion alarm systems from Greatline Communications are mobile friendly, enabling you to check on your system remotely with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or through any Internet connection. In the event of door or window entry, glass breakage, or other monitored events, you will be alerted instantly. You can adjust the system from your connected device at any time, see your home or facility’s activity history, access reports, and check in on children or elderly family members. We will work with you to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of your intrusion alarm system’s many useful features.
Our free mobile app lets you know exactly what is happening with your system 24/7, no matter where you are. Remotely arm and disarm your alarm system, gain visibility into the status of your system, and receive alerts whenever an alarm is triggered.
Greatline Communications offers both traditional wired and wireless alarm systems to homeowners and business owners in Chicago, IL. Wireless burglar alarm systems use radio waves to transmit their signals, and generally require relatively less effort to install or retrofit. But in rare cases, a wireless system might be disrupted by electromagnetic waves transmitted by other devices in your home or workplace. Wired intrusion alarm systems are a more suitable choice if your home is newly constructed, or if your house is prewired for a security system. Wired alarms systems tend to be slightly more reliable, as they don't run on batteries and are not affected by other electronic appliances.
You have options when it comes to the type of warning signal you want for your intrusion alarm system. Some alarm systems sound a high pitched siren, while others use high powered strobe lights to ward off potential intruders. Some systems do not sound an alarm at all, but instead send a notification to your phone whenever your alarm is tripped. Your choice of options will depend on your preferences. Our experienced customer support team can discuss all of your options and help determine which is best for you.
The price of your Chicago, IL home or business alarm system is determined by a number of factors. An inexpensive home security system offers only the most basic protections, for a limited area. Prices for intrusion alarm systems vary depending upon the size of the area that they are monitoring, the number of sensors and control panels being used, and the amount of custom features included. During our initial consultation with you, we’ll review all of your options to help you get the best home security system for your budget.
Homeowners typically can receive a 10-30% discount on their property insurance premiums by having a monitored intrusion alarm system installed. Often, the savings on the insurance premiums are enough to cover all or most of the annual alarm monitoring fees. When you choose Greatline Communications for your alarm system monitoring, we will provide you with an alarm monitoring insurance certificate that you can forward to your insurance company in order to receive your premium discount.