Cottage alarms, or cottage security systems, are not really so different from regular home security systems as you might think. However, there are some things to consider with cottages which you may not need to consider with a regular home.
For one thing, cottages are often more isolated, making it more of a challenge to make them more secure. Police and other residences/owners are at a greater distance, giving burglars more of a chance to break in and leave before assistance arrives. This is possibly the greatest difference to consider when choosing cottage alarms.
Whereas homeowners in town need to consider both deterrence and detection (monitoring system) when choosing and setting up their alarms, cottage owners need to stronger deterrence measures. An alarm with an extremely loud, high-pitched siren may scare away an intruder before they can actually break in and steal anything. It is possible to install an alarm system with vibration or motion sensors that will sound a very loud siren. Door switches can be installed on windows and doors to detect intrusion. These systems can also be programmed to send you alerts of possible break-ins.
There are various other features on cottage-specific alarms that wouldn't need to be on a regular home alarm, such those that would monitor environmental conditions in the cottage. There are many models that can monitor temperature and power. These can be hooked up to thermostats, programmed, and even contacted through telephone. For instance, you could remotely tell your system to make sure your cottage was at a certain temperature before you arrived! Of course, when you are not there, as is more often the case with a cottage than with a regular home, you want something that can ensure temperature and power maintenance, and alert you if there is an issue. Some models can contact you at 4-8 locations. There is a Freeze Alarm monitoring system that is designed to protect your pipes from freezing. If you can be alerted of these problems, you can avert disaster!
Cottage alarm systems can also be set up with flood sensors, so that you know if there is water leakage in your cottage. You can also set up your cottage alarm to inform you of any power outages.