According to both London’s Metropolitan Police and a Which? survey of ex-burglars, homes fitted with burglar alarms are less likely to become the targets of burglary. A well-fitted and well-maintained burglar alarm system is a worthwhile investment.
The best alarm for your home depends on your personal preferences, your budget, where you live, what your home is like, and what level of protection and response you’re after.
Types Of Burglar Alarm
Firstly, you need to decide what you would like to happen when your alarm goes off:
Bells-only alarms make a noise, but don’t contact anyone (such as the police or you).
Dialler burglar alarms automatically dial your phone number, or that of nominated friends and family, when the alarm is triggered.
Smart home-security systems contact you or family members when the alarm goes off through a smartphone or tablet app.
A monitoring contract means you pay a company monthly or annually to take action or call the police if the alarm goes off.
The second decision you’ll need to make is whether to opt for a wireless alarm system or a traditional wired one. Wireless alarms use battery-powered sensors that communicate with a control panel using radio signals.
These alarms tend to look nicer and are generally easier to install – you can often do it yourself. You can easily add additional sensors, and removing the system when you move house is a lot less tricky than for wired versions.
However, wireless systems are usually more expensive, and you will need batteries for all components, such as the control panel and all sensors.
Wired systems, on the other hand, need wires running to each of the sensors to work. These systems may be cheaper to buy, but they are more expensive to have installed as the wires need to be hidden away, so labour costs are inevitably higher.
We’re happy to advise on types of burglar alarms and other security systems best suited to your needs and the likely cost of installation before you proceed. Speak to one of our electrical engineers for more information 0333 577 0290