You’re less likely to become a victim of burglary if you have a well-fitted and maintained burglar alarm system.
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 you need.
Firstly, you need to decide what you would prefer 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 the phone numbers of you or other 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.
Costs vary between the different alarm types. Wireless alarm systems You’ll also need to choose between a wireless system or a traditional wired one. Wireless alarms use battery-powered sensors that communicate with a control panel using radio signals. These alarms look nicer and are generally easier to install – you can even do it yourself. Additional sensors can be added easily, and removing the system if you move house is a lot less tricky than for those with wires. Wireless alarms look nicer but are more expensive. Wireless systems tend to be more expensive, though, and you will need batteries for all components, such as the control panel and all sensors.
Wired systems need wires running to all of the sensors to work. These systems may be cheaper to buy but are more expensive to get installed, as wires need to be hidden, so labour costs are higher.
When a bells-only alarm (also called an audible alarm) is triggered, it makes a loud noise, which will hopefully alert someone in the area to the situation and/or scare off an intruder. However, unlike a monitored, dialler or smart alarm, it won’t automatically contact a named person or the police, so there is no guarantee that anything will be done. Bells-only alarms won’t alert you if they go off. It’s worth thinking about the kind of area you live in before deciding to get a bells-only alarm. Is there an active neighbourhood watch giving you confidence that someone will call the police? Or perhaps you have friends and relatives who live very close by who you could count on to take action? You can install one of these alarms yourself, or you can pay a one-off fee to have it installed by a professional.
You won’t have to pay for a monitoring contract.
Having an alarm, no matter what type, can help to deter a burglar.
You won’t be alerted when your alarm goes off unless someone nearby hears it and knows how to contact you.
Without anyone to stop a break in, the alarm on its own may not deter burglars.
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of relying on a neighbour to let you know if your alarm goes off, you could consider a dialler alarm, also called an auto dialler. With these alarms, the dialler will contact you or nominated friends and family when it goes off. This means that you or they can then contact the police or a neighbour with a key to investigate the issue. A dialler alarm will contact you or nominated friends and family if the alarm is triggered. Most diallers allow you to programme in between three and 10 numbers to be called, which will be dialled in the priority order you’ve set. The first person it successfully contacts will be able to stop the rest of the numbers being contacted. You can also buy models that will alert you if there is a fire or flood in your home or that connect to a panic button. This means you’ll need to have a landline and wires running from it to the alarm. GSM diallers use mobile network signals, so you won’t need a phone line. And must be connected to a monitoring centre. There will also be no need to run wires. You’ll also need to be wary about mobile signal – check that it’s strong where you live before you go ahead.
Smart home security systems Smart home security systems connect to your smartphone or tablet, or those of family members. This enables you, or them, to be alerted when your alarm is triggered, as with a dialler alarm. They also allow you to control your smart security from your phone, even when you’re away from home. There are a lot of different options when it comes to smart home security. In all cases, you will need a central hub that then connects all other compatible devices to it via wi-fi – a little bit like a standard wireless alarm connects to sensors. You can then connect a number of elements to it, depending on the system you choose, including motion sensors, cameras, or even sockets that allow you to switch your lighting on and off when you’re out. You can install a smart system yourself, but be aware that you might not place all of the items in the best possible position. Smart systems can also be expensive, especially if you want or need to keep adding components to it.
All this information can be hard to pick through and choose the best option. So call us today and have one of our technicians explain help you choose the right system. We always provide a free no hassle quote.