Through the years, home security system has evolved from simple locks and controls to sophisticated sensors and cameras. One needs to take a look back at the history of security systems in order to appreciate its evolution.
Where it all began
After the First World War, the rate in killings, burglary and other forms of crime escalated. People living in the United States feared for their safety even in the confines of their homes. Citizens were seeking assistance of those who give services to ensure the protection of one’s home. It was also during that time when insurance companies gave incentives to customers who subscribed for alarm systems in their homes. It was during these trying period that home security systems started.
There were a group of people who call themselves night watchmen and their service is called door shaking. Every night, they would walk to homes of subscribers and shake their door knobs to make sure that these were properly locked. Some used devices such as an alarm system which are placed in windows and doors. When the alarm is triggered by an outside forceful intrusion, it would send signal to the central station that monitors it.
The era of video surveillance
The concept of video surveillance was known to the public during the 1940s. It was through the book published by George Orwell that people learned a great a deal about it. At first, people thought it strange to be monitored by cameras. It was not until the 1970s that home owners used surveillance cameras to guard their homes.
The first home surveillance cameras were huge and the images seen on the monitors were black and white. The images were not sharp and it took a while for the surveillance cameras to evolve into the high tech form that it is today. Cameras used for surveillance today are very tiny, unnoticeable to a stranger’s eye. It captures high quality images that send it to a monitoring computer.
Fire alarms also evolved along with home security systems. The importance of the fire alarm systems were emphasized in a research study published by Canadian researchers. In their study, they detailed numerous ways that smoke and heat detectors can save homes and peoples’ lives.