A number of home security companies claim that men (throughout history) have tried to devise an alarm system that would help make staying at their homes and communities safe not only from criminal attacks and theft but also from inevitable natural disasters. As a matter of fact, alarm systems started as drumbeats and horns that were manually operated by guards to warn the community of a problem. Later on, these systems became more refined with the use of smoke signals and colored rockets to determine difference between various warning alarms.
According to the DGA Security, a home security operator, the rise of home security companies has dated back to the late 18th century and the mid-19th century. In fact, one of the major inventions that actually led to the dawning of the modern home security alarm systems were said to be the invention of the battery in 1799, as well as the invention of the telegraph in 1841. A few years after the telegraph was invented, Dr. William Channing devised an early fire alarm system; this was around the same time when the first ever security alarm system was invented by Augustus Pope, a Unitarian Minister.
Although there were only a few changes from the systems, the start of the digital technology in 1970s paved the way to the usage of electrical circuits to operate home security alarms. An electrician named Moses Farmer developed the first circuits used in home alarm system. He also developed a circuit system that rings the bell which sounds the alarm. His circuit system has solved one of the major problems that were encountered with the earlier alarm systems.
According to the Guide 4 Home website, the initial alarm systems for home security are made up of an electrical circuit that runs around the door or the window frame which will then sound as soon as they are opened. The problem with these alarms, however, was that they stopped ringing as soon as the intruder has closed the door or the window; this makes it ineffective and easy to work around with for intruders who know the system.
Most, if not all, of the earlier home security alarm system were said and considered to be simple local alarms; that is, they can only warn the people who are within earshot. Some of the problems that were raised with these alarms were the need for the person to be just nearby and call emergency services. Another problem is that the people started to ignore these alarms as false alarms are becoming more frequent.
In 1871, track fire and burglar alarms were introduced as well as the idea of a monitoring center by E.A. Calahan. The primary goal of monitoring the alarms in one central office is to enable a faster response to alarms than that which is promised by a local alarm that is still being used up until the beginning of the 21st century. According to the DGA Security, the cost of home security alarms has greatly reduced through the development of a system by enabling a number of alarm systems to be monitored over 1 signal which allowed for multiple subscriptions to be monitored.
The DGA Security says that the development of the alarm systems for home security hasn’t changed at all up until the mid-20th century which was the time when digital technology enabled their improvement. The improvements that were brought about the age of technology have become so significant during those times primarily because anti-theft alarm systems had become very easy for intruders and burglars to bypass and immobilize. Today, our home security systems are so advanced that some can even detect even the slightest movement from an intruder.