Do I really need a security system?

Yes, you do! There is always the risk of theft or home intrusion. Whether at home during the day, asleep at night, or away, you will feel safer knowing that you, your family and your home are protected.

According to the FBI, by far the most common threat to our homes is burglary.

FBI statistics show a burglary takes place somewhere in the United States every 15 seconds. Home burglaries accounted for more than 70% of all burglary offenses.

  • Most break-ins occur during the daylight when people are at work or school.
  • The summer months of July and August have the highest rates of burglaries and February has the fewest.
  • Burglaries are committed most often by young males under 25 years old, looking for small, expensive items that can be easily converted to cash.
  • Favorite items stolen in most burglaries include cash, jewelry, guns, laptop computers, cell phones and other small electronic devices.
  • 70% of burglars use some amount of force to enter a dwelling, but prefer to gain easy access through an open door or window.
  • In most jurisdictions, police are able to clear less than 15% of all reported burglaries and thieves are rarely caught in the act.

Home break-ins may seem like random acts, but as with most crimes, they tend to be crimes of opportunity. Burglars use a fairly simple selection process and choose the path of least resistance.

They look for unoccupied homes that give them the greatest amount of cover and easiest escape routes with the least likelihood of being caught.

A security system is your personal electronic sentry, able to see and hear trouble. It's a sentry that never sleeps, providing constant protection whether you're home or away. When it detects a potential threat, the system instantly alerts you and summons help. Secure your family, your belongings, and your residence with the advanced security technology available from your local security system professional.


Rueschhoff is fully trained and certified to design, install and maintain security systems. We are your reliable, hometown expert, on call day or night to ensure quality service whenever and wherever you need it.

The technology used for your system is made, tested, and quality inspected in the USA, manufactured to the hightest standards in the industry. If you want to add features, or need to update or expand your system in the future, you can be confident that new components will eaisly integrate with your existing system; building on what you already have rather than replacing your existing system.

Rueschhoff Locksmith & Security has been a long-standing, locally-owned business in the community since 1976. The uniqueness of Rueschhoff’s is that we own and operate our own monitoring facility unlike most companies that merely install your equipment and then either sell your account to a larger company or subcontract with an out-of-state monitoring facility of which they have no control. At Rueschhoff’s your account information stays with us, allowing more control and confidentiality with your personal information.

Our service and installation technicians are employed by Rueschhoff Locksmith & Security. We do not hire subcontrac,t paid-by-the-job technicians. Our staff goes through a thorough background check and drug screening process. At Rueschhoff’s we are constantly providing our technicians with ongoing factory-certified training as well as advanced training thru ESA , NFPA and NICET to assure they are keeping up with the fast paced changes in technology.



The control panel is the “brains” of your security system, connected to all of the keypads, sensors, and other security devices in your home. The panel is programmed to respond appropriately to different events.

For example, when a sensor detects a window or door being opened at night while your system is armed, the panel will sound the alarm to warn you as it signals your monitoring service to respond. If a door is opened during the day while the system is disarmed, the panel knows that it can ignore it. You have the ability to modify the panel program to adjust how it responds to each event.

An important element of your panel is its communication capabilities. Some panels are only able to communicate with your monitoring service using traditional dial-up (phone lines). Our panels give you the ability to also include network (Internet) and cellular links between your panel and monitoring service. Whether you’re concerned about wires being downed by bad weather or being intentionally cut, you have communication options that enable you to stay constantly connected and continuously protected.



The keypad is the primary way that you interact with your system, like the keyboard on your computer. The keypad usually will be located near your main entrance, but you can add others for convenience.

You use the keypad to turn your system on and off and make simple programming changes. The display on your keypad provides useful information about your system’s status.

Our keypads are attractive and include many features that make your system simple to use for everyone in your family.


A number of sensors will be installed around your home. Door and window switches are your first line of defense. They protect the “perimeter” of your home, alerting the panel whether they are open or closed. You can also include glass-break sensors that sense the sound of breaking glass.

Panic keys provide instant alarm notification to the Central Monitoring Station. Our two-button design prevents you from sending alarms accidentally.

The second line of defense are internal sensors that detect intruders inside your home. You can include sensors able to detect body heat and motion to alert you that someone is inside your home, and where they are located. If you have pets, select a sensor designed to ignore their activities.

You will probably also want to install smoke detectors to provide total protection. You can even add a water sensor that can be used to detect a flooded basement or over- flowing washing machine.


They don’t completely replace your keypad, but fobs and proximity patches offer a faster way to control certain system functions.

Just like the fob used to lock or unlock a car, a security system fob attaches to your key ring and lets you arm your system as you walk out the door, or disarm the system when you arrive home. The keypad gives you feedback to confirm that your system received the command.

The proximity patch is a small adhesive patch that you can stick to a cell phone, wallet, purse or other item. As you pass by your keypad, just wave the proximity patch near it to arm or disarm your system without even stopping. The keypad will give you a visual confirmation that it sensed the proximity patch and took the desired action.


In most installations, you will want to include a siren, horn or other sounding device. These devices will probably startle intruders and encourage them to leave your premises, while also alerting your neighbors of a potential problem. Your panel can also be connected to interior or exterior lighting, illuminating your residence and depriving the intruder of the ability to hide in the dark.