Apartment Building Security: Wireless Systems


Wireless Systems For Home Security

While most efforts at home security focus on single-family residences, millions of residents who live in apartments are highly vulnerable to burglary, theft and home invasion. Many apartment complexes lack security measures beyond a simple iron gate. Apartment manager, tenants and their families can all benefit from the installation of wireless security system components. These components can deter potential burglars and protect residents and their personal property.

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Wireless Security Systems

Wireless security systems make it more convenient for apartment dwellers to achieve the same level of security that homeowners expect. These systems can either be full-suite systems installed by apartment building management, or smaller, less complicated systems for individual units. Maintenance personnel can install simpler systems, or the management can hire professional installers to equip and test the systems. These systems can include high-volume alarms, entry keypads and direct connections to emergency services.

Security Cameras

Wireless security cameras have become widely available at very low prices from various retail outlets. The video feeds can be routed to a central location, where on-site or off-site security personnel can monitor any suspicious activities that occur in the apartment complex. Security staff can receive these video feeds through a wireless internet connection, which can then pass the video to a web site, a remote viewing station or to a digital video recorder (DVR) as evidence.


Spotlights can be a highly effective deterrent against burglary and theft.These compact, powerful spotlights are also often highly cost-effective, especially if they do not depend on the apartment complex's power supply. Battery-powered spotlights can cast bright lights into courtyards, along walkways and into parking lots. A well-lit exterior discourages illegal activity and allows tenants to feel safer when moving through the complex.

Motion Detectors

Motion detectors can sense rapid changes in the background heat of an area. When a body (98.6° F) moves against a night sky (~68°F), the sensor registers the change and sends a signal to a receiver. The receiver can sound an alarm or send a silent signal to emergency responders. These sensors often combine high effectiveness and low cost, as their minimal size makes it very difficult for a casual observer to spot them.

Smoke Detectors

When a fire occurs in one apartment, many of the neighboring units could also be engulfed in flames. A standard smoke detector, powered by a 9-volt battery, is a vital piece of fire safety equipment. In a standard smoke detector, ionizing radiation flows between two metal plates. When smoke floats near the detector, the smoke particles cut off the flow of ionizing radiation between the two plates. The detector notices the reduced ionization and signals the alarm to go off.

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Since apartment dwellers live in such close proximity to each other, a crime or fire that affects one unit can impact the entire complex.Wireless security systems can improve the quality of life for tenants and reduce troublesome incidents for management. Many of these solutions are inexpensive, unobtrusive and easy to install.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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