What to Know About Home Security Systems

What is a home security system?

A contemporary home security system consists of several hardware components along with monitoring services. The physical units that make up home security include alarm keypads, sensors, surveillance videos and hard drives. The software components include programs that monitor activity in the house and also provide communication with the company providing the monitoring.

A modern alarm unit features an LCD screen with multiple buttons that are used to call for help. For example, the buttons dispatch the police, fire and paramedics. Additionally, alarm systems include buttons for on and off settings. A voice intercom system is another feature of a contemporary alarm system. Sensors in alarm systems can detect breaking in windows and doors. Smoke detectors are also installed for alarm warnings.

Surveillance cameras in home security systems could be installed indoors and outdoors. Night vision capabilities and motion detection are some advanced features of security cameras. Wireless technology streams video to routers that are connected to the internet. Recordings are stored online or on hard drives inside a home.

Who needs one?

Homeowners that have children and pets need home security systems the most. The safety of loved ones should always be a priority and a home security solution offers exactly that. Most security threats in residential neighborhoods are posted to single family homes. The external perimeter and internal space of households can be fully protected with home security systems. By contrast, it might be more challenging to install a full scale alarm and security system in apartments, condos and similar units.

How much could it cost?

There are several important expenses to consider with home security systems. First, all of the hardware could either be purchased or leased from the company providing the security services. Second of all, customers usually pay only for the monitoring services of alarm and video surveillance. Most monthly bills for home security monitoring are under $100 throughout the United States of America. For small additional fees, customers can enjoy extra features like home automation and remote access to the security system via mobile apps. Installation of keyless door locks also comes with some minimal monthly fees.

Is the installation easy?

Home security systems simply require an installation of some hardware such as the alarm units and video cameras. Wireless technology eliminates the hassles of any lengthy wires and cables. Some of the hardware components have to be connected to existing electrical wiring inside a home. Additionally, alarm systems can be hooked up to a traditional land based phone line for reliable communication with the monitoring company. Home security experts also need to program the alarms and video cameras to function automatically.

What should I look for when I want to buy a new system?

Bundle packages are usually offered in home security services. For instance, customers can add extra security cameras after committing to use at least one camera. Some home security companies offer clients free access to online streaming of videos and feedback of the alarm system. Free mobile apps for home security management are also available.


Eskrima is a martial art that originated in the Philippines and emphasizes weapon-based fighting with knives, sticks and other weapons. It includes hand-to-hand combat, grappling, weapon disarming and joint locks. There are several different styles of Eskrima, each started by a different family. The Doce Pares Eskrima, founded in 1932 by the Canete and Saavedra families, encompasses 12 styles. Today, there are several Doce Pares factions that are headed by different members of the Canete family.

Eskrima dates back centuries in the Philippines, but since it was mainly practiced by the peasant classes, there is no written record. One theory states that the basics were brought to the Philippine islands from ancient India. When the Spanish first landed on the islands, the weapons-based martial art was well developed. The conquistadors could not defeat the natives without firearms.

Knife Fighting

Today, the Philippines still has a blade culture that has been developed to a living art. There is a wide variety of styles for knife fighting that are rooted in fighting on the battlefield. Training for this begins with defense against knife attacks. The techniques are very elaborate with locks, checking and re-directing the opponent’s weapon and disarming, but there are four basic ways that are taught first:

• Single
• Double
• Multiple sliding
• Slicing

Training for advanced students includes knife-to-knife techniques with drills for practical defense, offense and counter techniques. They learn to continuously check the opponent’s weapon hand.

Other blade training includes sword and dagger called Espada y daga. This type of fighting is very sophisticated as well as complicated. The strong hand holds a stick or long blade, and the weak hand holds a knife. The student starts by learning to coordinate the two weapons.

The Stick

Training begins with learning how to use the stick. It is made from rattan and is used as the primary offense. The empty hand is used for defense. Stick training includes moves similar to sword techniques and also uses


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twirling techniques to strengthen the wrist and make it able to move quickly to different positions. The most fundamental drill for stick use is the abesedario. It combines defense and counter-strike techniques and includes seven levels designed for movement and angling with countering and checking in each of these areas.

The double stick technique uses a stick in each hand for offense and defense. The drills are to develop power and coordination of the two sticks. These skills are also used for other types of fighting.

Empty Hands and Grappling

Hand-to-hand combat or Mano Mano uses the same techniques as weapon fighting, but other parts of the body are also trained for combat. The hand punches, but there is also kicking, head butts, knee and elbow strikes. Throws and locks are also used, and one technique only uses one or two fingers for counter-attack. Training begins with sticks and knives, and advances to empty hand training only when the weapon training has been mastered.

The name Doce Pares was influenced by the Spanish in the Philippines. It means Twelve Pairs, which refers to the twelve basic strikes and defenses. Some believe that the name refers to the original twelve members of the Master of the Club. Today, second generation senior Grandmasters continue the Doce Pares tradition and include their own interpretations of Eskrima.

In 1975, the National Arnis Association of the Philippines (NARAPHIL) was formed and conducted two open tournaments in 1979. Doce Pares became the champions in each tournament in Masters Division and many other divisions as well. Today, Eskrima is taught in more than 26 countries around the world.