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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.