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Intruder Alarm Systems

Studies have shown that a well-fitted and maintained Intruder alarm system makes you less likely to become a victim of burglary. But how do you choose the right one for you and your home?

 

Below are some explanations to guide you through the Jargon, plus other useful things to consider when buying your Intruder Alarm.

Alarm Types

The best type of alarm for your home depends on your personal preferences, budget, where you live, what your home is like and what level of protection you need. Our Surveyor will visit your home, chat about what is important to you and design a system that will work around you and your family, we will then provide a free specification & quotation.

A key consideration is what you would prefer to happen when your alarm goes off.

Bells-only alarms make a loud noise inside and outside the house and have a flashing strobe on the external front bellbox.

Additionally, you could get a monitoring contract, whereby you would pay monthly or annually for a monitoring centre to take action or call the police when the alarm goes off, details of these options are detailed below, plus other useful things to consider when buying your Intruder Alarm.

Wireless or wired alarm

Alarms can be either wired, wireless or a combination of both (hybrid). Wireless alarms look nicer, are generally easier to install and can be removed more easily if you move house. They use battery-powered sensors that communicate with a control panel using radio signals.

 

While this type of alarm tends to be cheaper to install, the alarms themselves can be more expensive. Wired systems usually need extra time to be installed, as the wires will need to be hidden, this can sometimes mean carpets or floorboards need to be removed and re-fitted meaning higher labour charges. However, if you are planning building works or have moved into a newly built property already pre-wired, this may be the best option for you.

 

Town & Country Security Systems have many years experience installing both wired and wire-free Intruder alarm systems including Installations in some rather unconventional properties, call today for more information on which type of system is right for you.

Bells-only alarm

When a bells-only (also called 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 alarm, it won’t automatically contact a named person or the police, so there is no guarantee that anything will be done.

 

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?

Keypad

Fitted in a convenient location along the Entry/Exit route, modern and versatile security keypads allow you to control your security system with push-button ease. Comes with built-in SMART Tag Reader for simple one-touch setting & unsetting.

Passive Infra-red Detector (PIR)

These sensors are positioned in the corner of a room (usually at ceiling height) and detect movement within that room. Pet tolerant sensors are also available, so your pets can move around freely without triggering an alarm.

Bell box

A stylish externally fitted sounder & strobe box with the Town & Country logo on the front will sound and flash in the event of a break in for a preset amount of time. It also has flashing LED lights as a visual deterrent at night time when the system is not activating.

Dualtec (PIR/Microwave) Detectors

A dual technology sensor that provides an excellent detection rate and high immunity to false alarms. Ideally this type of detector should be fitted in conservatories, garages, outbuildings etc.

Magnetic Contact

A detector fitted to a door or window which detects an intruder. These detectors can be combined with a shock sensor (see right) and are available in white or brown.

Shock Sensor

When fitted to a door or window frame, these sensors can detect someone trying gain entry by force by detecting vibrations through the frame. They have a sensitivity adjustment to prevent false alarms.

Proximity tag

A small plastic coated tag which is used to set & un-set your alarm system by presenting it to the keypad or external proximity reader, these can also be used in access control systems to open doors and are extremely durable.

Internal Sounder

An internal audio device designed to provide additional noise inside the property in the event of a break in, can also be adjusted for additional volume during the setting/unsetting procedure and when a tamper fault occurs.

Flood Sensor

This sensor will alert the alarm control panel of the presence of water leaks. Now with wireless capability, this early warning system can protect bathrooms, kitchens, basements and garages, preventing a leak turning into a flood, minimising damage to your property and furnishings.

Smoke Detector

Essential in any home, designed to detect smoke particles and trigger your alarm system potentially saving lives. When connected to a alarm receiving centre a smoke detector can provide a rapid response and prevent extensive damage occurring to your home.

Remote Fob

This device allows you to set & unset your alarm system remotely. Two-way technology gives you the option to check you have properly set your alarm without having to go back into your property.

Alarm Monitoring Options

When a bells-only (also called 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 alarm, it won’t automatically contact a named person or the police, so there is no guarantee that anything will be done.

 

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?

Town & Country Security Systems offer different levels of Alarm Monitoring depending on your requirements and budget, call our office on Freephone 0800 1601125 where our staff will be more than happy to discuss these in more detail. You should always consult with your Insurance company to see if they have any specific requirements before deciding on which level is best for your home or business.

Level 1 Keyholder Response

If your property is regularly unoccupied, in a remote area or you would like the added security of someone being made aware of an alarm activation, for a small monthly fee you can have your system monitored by our ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre). Once triggered, the alarm will communicate with our ARC via your telephone line or the mobile phone network (if preferred) and an operator will then call your nominated keyholders.

Level 2 & 3 Keyholder Response with Police notification

In Addition to keyholder response we can set up your alarm for Police notification (provided it meets with the required standards) If your alarm system is activated by more than one detector and a confirmed signal is received by our ARC, the Police will automatically be notified. (requires Police registration). Level 2 Monitoring is usually set up to communicate over a standard telephone line or via the mobile phone networks using a world sim. Level 3 is more secure and usually combines either landline or Internet & mobile phone networks to communicate with the ARC.

Maintenance Contracts

If you have a maintenance contract, your alarm will be checked regularly by an engineer coming to your home either once or twice a year.

Having a Town & Country maintenance contract in place will give you complete peace of mind, we will change the batteries (in wireless systems) regularly, carry out a comprehensive 64-point check on your alarm system and attend to any faults during working hours (9-5) free of charge. On top of this you will have a dedicated engineer available 24/7 for telephone support should you need it.

Having a maintenance contract is also an essential requirement if you want alarm monitoring.

“Regular maintenance should highlight and reduce defects, give you peace of mind and give you more redress if something goes wrong, Having your alarm system professionally maintained can help tackle any problems with false alarms. It is also a requirement of some insurance companies”

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