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.
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.
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.
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?