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Choosing the correct burglar alarm for your property

A recent Police study has shown that a good, well maintained, burglar alarm system will make you less likely to become a victim of burglary. Choosing the correct system for your property can be difficult due to the range of options that are available to you. It can also have a significant impact on reducing your insurance premiums.

Types of burglar alarm systems

Your personal preferences, budget, where you live, what your home is like, and what level of protection you will need, will determine the best type of intruder alarm.

When thinking about the type of alarm you will need to install a key consideration is what you would like the alarm to do once it is activated? For example:

A ‘bells only’ alarm system will make a (loud) noise, but will not do anything else. It relies upon other people to inform the Police, bells only alarms may go un-attended.

A ‘monitored alarm system’ is a system that works through CCTV and smart phone technology, that automatically alerts you, or another nominated person, when the alarm is activated,.

It is possible to employ the services of a monitoring Company to respond to the message under contract, the monitoring Company would then organise the response to an activation, including notifying the Police.

Wired or Wireless Burglar Alarm systems

Alarms can be wired or wireless. Wireless alarms tend to be less intrusive and look nicer, are generally easier to install and can be moved or removed easily if required. Wireless systems use battery-powered sensors that communicate with a control panel using radio signals.

Wireless Burglar alarms can be a little more expensive, however they can be very cost effective when installed professionally.

Wired systems usually need to be installed by a professional, as the wires will need to be hidden, so labour costs are higher, and the sensors are fixed when installed.

Bells Only Burglar Alarm systems

When a bells-only or audible alarm is triggered it makes a loud noise, which, it is hoped, will alert someone in the area to the situation and/or scare off an intruder. However, unlike a monitored alarm, or one with CCTV, it will not automatically contact a named person or the police, there is no guarantee that anything further will happen.

It is worth giving consideration to local conditions before installing a bells only system. You can install a bells only alarm system yourself, or you can pay a one-off fee to have it installed by a professional.

Maintaining your burglar alarm system

Regular maintenance should highlight and reduce defects, allowing you peace of mind and giving more redress if something goes wrong.

Regular maintenance is a requirement of most insurance companies, and is requirement if you require a monitoring contract.

If you take out a burglar alarm maintenance contract your alarm will be checked once a year (twice a year if you want a police-monitoring contract) either by an installer coming to your home, or remotely by the company contracted to do so.

Lion Globe are your LOCAL Manchester experts in installing and monitoring commercial and residential security systems, and have over 15 years of experience and an excellent reputation in the field of security systems. We are happy to offer a FREE security audit, just call us on 0161 696 7860 call them for a free security audit.

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