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Home Security, Second Edition: Alarms, sensors and systems 2nd Edition

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As well as describing the bewildering range of security devices on offer, more technical readers may consider their own solutions using descriptions and circuits for two simple tested designs are given, one for the home and one for a foolproof public hall system. There is a plethora of security devices now on offer. Large sums can be spent on elaborate systems, yet weak links can be left unrecognized - except by the housebreaker! Good independent advice is scarce, as most security firms favor their own products. This book explains the pros and cons of alarm systems, including how to avoid faults, and find them if they occur. `Friendly security' is particularly featured, and other security devices are given a critical scrutiny.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 2 edition (August 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750635460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750635462
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,779,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phil Lee on October 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
The author is based in the UK and gives a provincial view on their home security industry. Very little is given on suppliers, components, and systems based in the States. I'd highly recommend going to a Honeywell affiliated website ADILink dot com for the security products in the US. You have to register to get pricing.
Though what she goes into is in detail and gives both pluses and minus and discusses component alternatives with diagrams, tables, and drawings. Where she falls downs in is the control box or panel. There is only a light discussion on the alarm controller in Chap 9 in one page. She relies on Chap 13 which covers the British Stds, BS 4737, on alarm systems, some 9 pages worth of specs-not really useful info for the systems designer or installer.
Furthermore, her Chap 14 covers a SureGuard alarm system complete with circuits with transistors, diodes, capacitors, switches, and power transformers. Certainly she doesn't expect a home owner to build this! Evidently this is not available in commercially or in a kit form. Her final chapter is on smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. I read this book at the local library.
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