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Intruder Alarm Buying Guide

Posted by Hermione Crone
24th March 2017

Research by the British Crime Survey shows the presence of a burglar alarm on your building will reduce criminal activity. This is especially the case when combined with robust doors and windows, double locks, security lights and CCTV cameras.

To protect your property and loved ones, it’s therefore recommended to install burglar alarms to both act as a deterrent and scare off intruders when activated.

As no building type is the same, it’s best to evaluate the various types of alarm on the market to suit your property. Here is a simple guide to help you get started.

 

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Alarm Sensors

Motion sensor alarms are most commonly found in domestic properties. They use infra-red lights to detect movement and human body temperature, activating the siren if triggered. Sensors can also be applied to door and window frames that will sound when opened.

Smart burglar alarms will send an alert to the user’s smartphone if a break-in has been detected. The technology has become far more accessible in recent years and provides fantastic peace of mind when absent from the property.

Some alarms, such as the Pyronix Enforcer, include pet-sensor technology that can recognise the movements of small household animals, minimising the chance of false alarms.

Wireless Alarm Systems

A fully wireless system uses individual sensors on each alarm to connect to the central control panel. In recent years, they’ve dominated the market over their wired counterparts as the technology becomes more reliable. Strong signal strength can even transmit over large industrial or commercial premises.

The installation process is also far easier. You won’t have to drill into walls, tear up floorboards or complete re-plastering jobs if something goes wrong. The presence of wires can impair the property aesthetic as well, especially on the building exterior.   

Monitoring Services

Conventional intruder alarms activate if a sensor is triggered, commonly referred to as a bells-only alarm. Although this is still an effective deterrent, high-tech monitoring services can also be incorporated into the system for ultimate protection.

An off-site receiving centre will monitor the alarm 24 hours a day. If there’s a breach and verification can’t be made with the homeowner, the emergency services will be notified immediately.

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Suppliers and Installation

It’s thoroughly recommended to use the expertise of a professional security company when installing burglar alarms. Although DIY is possible in some cases, an inept installation will only negate the alarm’s primary use and can even invalidate insurance claims.  

Trained engineers will fit alarms to the required UK safety standards and advise where they’re best positioned for maximum effectiveness. Alarms are designed to be seen as well as heard and thus should be positioned in clear sight of potential intruders.

By using a security supplier, you’ll have access to the very best alarms on the market from such providers as Pyronix and Texecom. Likewise, a professional firm can upgrade your current alarm bell box to the required modern standards.

 

If you’d like to find out more about upgrading or installing your security system, get in touch today.

If you already have your security system in place, you may be interested in these Tips for Keeping Your Security Systems Safe from Hackers.

 

Posted by Hermione Crone
24th March 2017