DOMESTIC INTRUDER ALARMS
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.
A key consideration is what you would prefer to happen when your alarm goes off. Bells-only alarms make a noise, but do not contact anyone (such as the police or the homeowner). Speech diallers, a device built inside an alarm, automatically
contacts you or other nominated friends and family when the alarm is triggered. Alternatively, you could get a monitoring contract, whereby you would pay a company monthly or annually to take action or call the police if the alarm goes off.
Wireless or wired burglar alarm
Alarms can be either wired or wireless. 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 professionally or can be fitted yourself, the alarms themselves can be more expensive. Wired systems usually need to be installed by a professional, as the wires will need to be hidden, so labour costs are higher.
Bells-only burglar 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 or one with a speech dialler, it won't automatically contact a named person or the police, so there is no guarantee that anything will be done.
You can install these alarms yourself, or you can pay a one-off fee to have it installed by usl. Find out more about the installation process by visiting our page on choosing a burglar alarm installer.
Having your alarm system professionally maintained can help tackle any problems with false alarms. It is also a requirement of some insurance companies, and a requirement if you want a monitoring contract in addition.
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