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If you have a security system with a burglar alarm, great--you've taken a big step.  But there may be functions of your system that you have forgotten about since you had it installed.

And if you haven't had one installed yet, you've got a wonderful opportunity to do so, and take advantage of some very useful features.

Pictured above is a Gemini Keypad, installed by One Source Security & Automation

Yes, one of the main functions that you'll use your keypad for day-in and day-out is to arm and disarm your alarm system.  But is can serve much more crucial and life-saving functions as well.

  • What if a thief approached you in your driveway as you exited your car, and put a gun to your head, then walked you to your keypad and made you disarm your system?
  • What if you wanted to feel secure that your child was safe downstairs while you were folding laundry upstairs, and she wasn't going to wander out a door?
  • If you saw a thief breaking in your door, and you weren't near a phone and/or didn't have time to dial, wouldn't you want a quicker alternative?

Your keypad is the "key" to all of these scenarios.

In the first scenario, there is an ambush function that only you know the code to.  As you type in an extra character or two while being held captive by the thief, you will actually be alerting police directly of what is going on.

The "chime" feature helps out with the second issue.  It can be turned on and off.  Your keypad simply annunciates a brief series of beeps when any door that you have programmed has opened.

And the third function is a panic feature.  It can alert the police, fire department or ambulance (depending on which button you press) simply by you pressing keys simultaneously on the security system's keypad on the wall--no phones needed.

So there you have it, three keys to leverage your keypad and security system.

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