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Intruder Alarms - Can You Afford NOT To?

Feb 08, 2018

If you care about the security of your home, one of the best investments you can make is in an intruder alarm. 

As well as creating a physical deterrent that can ward off opportunistic burglars, you also give yourself peace of mind. 

No longer will you need to second-guess what's making those late-night noises in your home, or as I say the house is talking to you! 

If the alarm doesn't sound, you can go back to sleep knowing those sounds are just your house talking!

Here's an overview of your options. 

Wireless Systems

Typically, a wireless system consists of the following components: 

  • The main control panel - supplied with a backup battery in case mains supply is interrupted
  • An internal sounder - so you can hear your alarm from inside your home
  • An external bell - complete with strobe lighting
  • Internal movement detectors - so you can detect an unwanted presence
  • Door/window contacts - to enable your alarm to detect if entry points are compromised 
  • Panic buttons - so you can activate your alarm independently even with the system switched off. 

A wireless system can be installed in as little as four to five hours because the detectors don't need to be hardwired to the alarm control unit. 

Here's how the system works:

  • Movement detectors and window/door contacts transmit radio waves to the control panel
  • If a disturbance is detected, the internal and external bells sound

While you can buy wireless systems off the shelf, be aware. 

To get maximum protection from your intruder alarm you need to know where to place the various motion sensors and door/window contacts. You want to ensure maximum coverage and that can be tricky. 

This is where professional installation is preferable - to ensure you set up the right 'control zones' and maximise your alarm's ability to detect a violation. 

There are also a variety of other features that you can add on. These include: 

  • Features that can detect if the external bell has been tampered with
  • Glass break detectors
  • Remote control units
  • Communication / Wi-Fi modules (to programme your alarm to phone someone if the system is activated)
  • Smoke detectors
  • CCTV
  • Access systems

The main downside of a wire-free system is that the batteries require changing every 2 to 3 years, but you may agree with most of our customers that it's a small price to pay to save having the wires installed throughout the house. 

On a positive side, the system can be removed easily if you move home and the new owners don't want to buy the system. 

We can install a wireless system for as little as £580.00 - depending on detection that you require. Can you afford NOT to do it?

Wired systems

Broadly speaking, wired alarms offer the same benefits as wire-free alarm systems. The key difference is instead of radio waves; a wired system links everything together with slim wires. 

Wired systems are more complicated to install because you need to consider the aesthetics of the system. In other words, you'll want to ensure the wires are neatly concealed - otherwise it will look unsightly. You can also mix and match wired and wire free detection. 

The same add-ons are available meaning you have the flexibility to design a system that will work for you and your family. 

Intruder alarms for outbuildings

The vast majority of break-ins are opportunistic. 

If a burglar believe they can get in and out undetected, there's a higher chance of a crime being committed. As a result, outbuildings can be especially vulnerable. You don't always need a separate alarm system for these buildings they can usually be connected to the main house system using wire free detection (subject to signal tests). 

So if you have garages, sheds, and other buildings that are separate from your main home, an alarm could offer you great peace of mind - especially at this time of year. With the car boot season upon use, sheds and garages are a bigger target with criminals looking for things they can steal and sell easily. 

So as well as providing a deterrent, an alarm will also give you early warning that an intruder may be on your premises. 

If you opt for a wired alarm, you may be able to monitor outbuildings on the same system. If not, there are a variety of cost-effective alternatives that you could consider. For example, we can supply a small, battery powered alarm that emits a piercing sound when triggered. 

Other alternatives include keypad, proximity Tag, and Wi-Fi operated systems. 

As you can see, home security has never been easier to arrange. 

With so many high tech, cost effective options on the market you can protect your home, garage, and other outbuildings. 

For more information on the options that would best work for you and your family, contact Alert Alarms on 0800 852 7434.


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