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Finding the right burglar alarm for your home

In this day and age, it is very important to ensure that your home is properly secured and protected from burglars, and a large part of that is installing an effective burglar alarm. There are many benefits to fitting one of these systems to your home, but as there are lots of different options available, it is important to weigh up all your options.

What Are The Benefits Of Installing A Burglar Alarm?

Having a burglar alarm fitted to your home will not only give you as a homeowner peace of mind, but will also act as a deterrent to any intruders who may otherwise be tempted to break into your property. Police and insurance companies all advocate the use of burglar alarm systems in order to reduce the risks of becoming a victim of crime, and you may even be offered a discount on your home insurance premium if you protect your property in this way.

What Are The Different Types Of Burglar Alarm Systems?

You may wish to choose different types of burglar alarm system depending on the area in which you live, the type of property that you own, your financial constraints, and also the level of protection that you require.

With so many varieties on offer, it makes sense to weigh up all your choices before making a final decision as you can select from wired and wireless systems, those that make a sound and those with a silent alarm, and even those which can alert the emergency services. Here is some further information about the main types available:

Wireless Alarms

A wireless alarm looks more appealing than the wired alternative, with the added bonus of being quick and easy to install. They can also be removed and taken to a new property should the owner move home. They have battery operated sensors which use radio signals to communicate with the control panel. Although this type of alarm can be more expensive than a wired system, it can be fitted by the homeowner with no need for professional fitting.

Wired Alarms

A wired system is generally cheaper to purchase than the wireless alternative, but requires professional installation. The wires make this alarm less attractive at the front of a property.

Bells Only Alarm

This is the most popular alarm type, triggering a loud sound intended to scare off intruders and alert neighbours as to the problem. These alarms are most useful in an attentive neighbourhood where local people are likely to pay attention and investigate the noise.

If you want a stronger guarantee that someone will respond to your alarm, you have three contract options which you can opt for on any wired or wireless alarm:

Speech Dialler

A speech dialler alarm sends a message to designated numbers when the alarm is triggered allowing friends or family to respond to the call and investigate the problem.

Keyholder Monitoring

When the alarm is triggered, a receiving centre contacts a nominated keyholder who will then investigate the alert.

Police Monitoring

If the alarm goes off, the police will be informed by the receiving centre, which allows them to visit and check your property.