The present residential alarm hardware and system configuration is described for cable management and technical personnel who are interested in providing this ancillary service over a two-way cable system. The advantages and disadvantages of wired and wireless systems, perimeter and volumetric intrusion sensors, as well as heat and smoke protection, are described. Important features of the alarm control panel and various methods of communicating to the central security station are discussed. Pictures of current hardware are included. The conclusion identifies unique advantages of a cable television company offering alarm services.