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On a daily basis, a number of homes and businesses here in the UK are either burgled or catch fire so alarm systems have grown in popularity to act as a deterrent to thieves or provide an early warning in the event of a fire thus saving many lives.

What sort of property is suitable for an alarm system?

Alarm systems can be fitted to almost any type of property to provide you with peace of mind. For instance, you could fit a burglar alarm in your flat, two-bedroomed terraced home, executive residence or in your business premises.

What sorts of alarm systems are available?

You will be pleased to read that there are a huge range of systems available such as house wireless burglar alarms, CCTV security systems, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms to name but a few.

It is possible to personally monitor your alarm system via your tablet or phone 24/7 but also to have a company monitor your alarm system so that should the alarm be activated you and even the police are contacted. Keep your home safe with an alarm system today!

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How much does an alarm system cost?

It will not come as a surprise to read that the cost of an alarm system depends upon so many factors. For instance, if you were to purchase a DIY basic burglar alarm and install it yourself you could pay in the region of £150. Find out more here on whether alarms for houses are worth the price.

If you had a basic burglar alarm system installed by a professional company then you could pay in the region of £400 plus around £30 per month for the on-going contract.

If you had a more sophisticated home security alarm system installed then you could pay in the region of £1,000 plus around £45 per month for the on-going contract.

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What to do next?

If you are either a homeowner or the owner of a business premises and are considering having an alarm system fitted to deter a possible burglary in the future then why not get in touch with us today. We have an extensive, experienced, vetted panel of businesses that supply and fit a range of burglar alarm systems to cater for most people’s budget. So, why not give us a call and we will arrange to put you in contact with a number of them so that they can initially discuss your requirements, arrange a visit to your premises and provide a no-obligation quotation. We look forward to being of assistance to you.

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A guide to the best home alarm systems to secure your house

Such systems provide peace of mind that your home, business premises, contents, personal possessions and, lets not forget, your family have greater protection against a thief breaking in who may damage your property and/or steal items that you cherish.

Your household or business insurance may cost less as a result of having an alarm system fitted.

You are less likely to worry about your property whilst away from it perhaps, for instance, when you are enjoying a family holiday.

The value of your home may increase as a result of having an alarm and security system fitted.

Installing an alarm system

It is possible to buy and install some simple alarm systems yourself with this being a cheaper option than having to employ the services of a professional supplier and fitter of burglar alarm systems.

As part of the decision-making process, you will need to choose either a wired one or a wireless one. The former is less expensive to buy but is more costly to install and you will need to hide unsightly wires. The latter costs more but are less expensive and easier to fit and tend to look better.

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Types of alarm system and pros and cons

What better endorsement could you receive for having a burglar alarm system fitted than when it comes from a burglar saying that he or she is more likely to be put off from attempting to break into a property that has such protection. With so many types of alarm system available we thought you would find it useful if we mentioned some of them and highlighted many of the pros and cons.

Bell-only alarm

Makes a noise when triggered by someone breaking into your home or business premises. If you are not at home when the alarm goes off you are dependent upon someone else hearing the alarm and responding to it such as calling the police and/or the burglar deciding not to break into the property.

Pros – DIY installation, economical and acts as a deterrent.
Cons – You are dependent upon someone hearing the alarm when it goes off and being neighbourly enough to contact the police.

Smart home security system

With a smart home security system, a warning of a possible burglary is provided via your tablet or smartphone. This means that you are notified immediately of a possible intrusion in your property enabling you to respond quickly. A central hub and wi-fi are used enabling a variety of systems to be connected such as lights, cameras and motion sensors.

Pros – It is possible to install a system yourself, you are alerted even when not at home and you can control the system from your smartphone.
Cons – Can be costly and you are dependent upon being in an area in which your mobile receives a signal.

Dialer burglar system

Dials a phone number to warn you that your property has been broken into. This ensures that you or a nominated person is contacted as soon as an intruder sets off the alarm. It is often possible to program in several numbers and as soon as someone picks up the phone none of the remaining numbers will be rung.

Pros – Hopefully, one of the nominated people will pick up the warning call about an intruder and some systems also provide a warning in the event of other hazards such as a fire.
Cons – None of the nominated people may be available to receive the call.

Monitoring contract

A professional alarm company will fit either a wireless or wired alarm system and are paid by you on a regular basis to get in touch with the police, you or attend your property if it is burgled.

There are two sorts of monitoring contract – police response or keyholder. In the case of the former type, subject to availability, the police will respond to the break in. In the later case, either the monitoring company will respond to the incident and attend the scene, get in touch with a nominated keyholder or contact the police.

Pros – an alarm company is available 24/7 to respond to the alarm going off.
Cons – the system has to be installed by a professional, nominated keyholders must live within a reasonable distance from your property, the police cannot guarantee to attend the break-in and you have to pay for a monitoring contract on a regular basis.

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Maintaining your alarm system

Obviously, it is important that your burglar alarm system is regularly and properly maintained to ensure that it is in working order all the time. It may be possible to buy a maintenance contract to provide you with peace of mind.

Cost of an alarm system

It will not come as a surprise to read that there is a wide range of alarm system prices depending upon the type of system.

A simple bell-only alarm that you install yourself could cost around £150 to purchase.

A professionally supplied and fitted monitoring contract could cost in the region of about £1,000 plus you could expect to pay several hundred pounds more if police monitoring is included plus a monthly maintenance contract that could be around £30.

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Your questions answered

How much does a burglar alarm cost?

A basic DIY burglar alarm will cost around £150. More sophisticated alarms can be priced upwards of £1,000 with additional monthly monitoring fees.

Is a burglar alarm a good investment?

Burglar alarms give you peace of mind and can mean that intruders are deterred from your property, saving you money. With a burglar alarm installed, your home or business insurance may become cheaper too.

What is a dialer burglar alarm?

In the event of a break-in or attempted break-in, a dialer burglar alarm dials a list of several numbers of your choice to alert them. This can also be used to raise the alarm in the event of a fire or other emergency.

How much does CCTV cost?

The price of CCTV can vary significantly depending on the sophistication of the system you choose. The cost can start as low as £20 and can run into the hundreds of pounds.

Are monitored alarms worth the money?

Monitored alarms cost more than bell-only alarms and less than auto-dialler alarms initially. However, they have monthly fees to consider but give you peace of mind that professionals are monitoring your alarm at all times.

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We obtain personal information and business information (for business products and services) about you, only from you, and do not acquire information about you from anyone else.

Data entry

First, to provide our quote finding service we will ask you manually to supply us via the website with your personal details namely: First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Telephone Number, Street, House Number, Post Code and Company Name (for business products & services). You may also be asked on the website and by follow up telephone call for further information to help us process your request for quotations.

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Second, information is obtained electronically when one computer connects with another across the Internet as when you visit our website such as such as your computer’s unique numerical Internet address (IP address). Information so obtained while necessary to the operation of and communication between computers may well also allow you as owner of the information to be identified, much like a name and address, and thus constitute personal data. The law requires such information to be identified and so far as practicable, for informed consent to be given by you, before the electronic information is passed from your computer to ours. Further explanation about the automatic electronic collection of your information is provided under the heading “Your electronic information”.

We do not use your IP address to identify you personally but these logs may contain unique identifiable information left by your computer.

We may use IP addresses to ensure that we are not receiving fraudulent registrations from the same IP address as evidence in the event of being challenged for unsolicited marketing. The IP address log would show that a registration took place on a given day.

How does our service work?

We provide our service to both consumers and businesses. The way the service works is very similar but due to the nature of the products and services and the suppliers of these, the processes are slightly different. From your perspective, you will receive the same level of service from us and your expectations in terms of receiving quotations from appropriate suppliers that you can then choose from are the same.

The processes how your data will be used are explained below.

Consumer products and services

After you submit your details we may phone you to discuss the products or services you seek from a suitable supplier, to check we’ll be able to meet your needs and, should you still wish to go ahead with us, to get you free and no-obligation quotes. This will normally be us but below explains how it works with the different products and services that we are able to help in the quoting process with.

At times we work as the appointment booking agent for the companies working on our network so even if you have requested direct contact from the company you may still receive a call from us in order to book the appointment for your quotation.

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Enquiries for business products and services are handled by Leads 2 Trade Ltd.

If you have come to CompareCompanies looking for businesss products or services Leads 2 Trade will transfer your business and personal details on to up to four companies. Before passing your details to up to four companies we will check your details and match your details to a number of businesses to find the best deals. The businesses may contact you by email, telephone (including automated calls) and/or SMS. Quotations may be provided to you by appointment or electronically and you will be told over the phone how you can expect yours to be delivered.

How we get the quotes using your details

Consumer products and services

We take your details and pass them on to one or more companies that can provide the type of product or service that you are looking for and will invite those companies to submit quotes for your consideration.

We pre vet all companies that join our quote finding service as potential suppliers to our customers, such as you, to ascertain as best we can that they will be suitable for your requirements and will keep your personal data safe. However, the final responsibility for determining suitability to supply the product or service lies with you, the customer, when considering the detailed quotations and deciding if you wish to contract with a given supplier or suppliers.

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We take your business and personal details and pass them to a specialist business solutions price comparison data controller. They will check your details and match your details to a number of businesses to find you the best deals.

They pre-vet all companies that join our quote finding service as potential suppliers to our business customers, such as you, to ascertain as best we can that they will be suitable for your requirements and will keep your personal data safe. However, the final responsibility for determining suitability to supply the product or service lies with you, the business customer, when considering the detailed quotations and deciding if you wish to contract with a chosen, given supplier.

Do you offer a guarantee or warranty for the products and services I eventually buy through your suppliers?

We are not responsible for the standard of work carried out by the suppliers that provide you with quotations as a result of your enquiry via our site. There is no warranty provided by us, implied or otherwise for the products or services provided by any suppliers that you contract with. Individual suppliers may offer their own warranties, but these and any standards of workmanship are not in any way associated with Leads 2 Trade Ltd. or its partners.

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Each supplier to whom we pass your information in order to provide you with quotes has contracted with us to keep your data safe and use it only for the provision of a quote and, if selected by you, to provide the product or services you require.

We always have contracts in place with the companies that we pass your details on to both to ensure that they will keep your data secure and that they comply with the rules of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which we also operate within.
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Lawful basis for processing your data

We rely on your explicit consent to process your personal data. This means that we ask you to consent to the following use of your data:

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We will email or text you about similar products and services. We will only do this if you haven’t opted out of receiving such emails or texts.

To create custom and lookalike/ similar audiences

We like to work with Facebook, Google and other platforms (“Platforms”) to reach out to you with adverts for Other Products. We also like to use Platforms to reach out to other people who might like to use our quote request service.

We do this in two ways. In both cases, your data, along with other data, is used to create a custom audience and/or a lookalike/similar audience. Whenever an audience is shared with a Platform, the data is first hashed and pseudonymised, meaning that any data within the audience that could identify a person is replaced with an artificial identifier. So, the process is secure. Also, we don’t share more data than we need to for the purpose of creating the audience.

Transfers of data outside the EEA (European Economic Area)

We share your personal data within our business and with data processors who can find suitable product and service suppliers for you. Your data will then be used to enable suppliers to provide quotations and potentially move towards a contract with you.

Some of the suppliers that may offer products and services to you are based outside of the EEA.

We transfer your data as detailed above with your consent.

Data Retention Policy

We keep your personal data for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is being processed. This is to reduce the risk that it will become inaccurate, out of date or irrelevant.
We ensure that your personal data is securely disposed of when no longer needed.

What are my rights in relation to the personal data that you hold?

Your rights are embodied in the contract formed between us when you visit the website (as subsequently augmented when submitting your personal information and, if you are called, when speaking on the phone) and as contained in the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 – also known as GDPR.

If you have any questions or concerns please first read this section of the statement and then email our Data Protection Officer on privacy@comparecompanies.co.uk, They will be pleased to assist before as well as after you may have provided personal information to us.

You may also write to our Data Protection Officers either at our registered office address stated at the outset of this statement.

If you need more information about data protection you might contact the Information Commissioner: see https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/

The GDPR provides individuals with the rights in relation to personal information about themselves which is held by us as summarised in the table below.

Some of the rights are unlikely to be of practical use. For example, if you wish for a copy or correction or cessation of use of some or all of your personal data we, our suppliers and our other introducing companies are likely already to have eradicated it from our or their system given the short periods your date is retained and its limited use.

Nevertheless, the GDPR principle of transparency in particular provides you with the right to enquire and to be informed and we briefly set out all of the rights here. Further information about the rights and the circumstances in which they apply may be obtained from a number of published sources and from our fact sheets which are available on request.

Information Right – you may require us to provide a more detailed explanation of how we collect, process and use your personal information.

Personal Data Access Right – you may require us to provide an electronic copy of your data free of charge.

Personal Data Correction Right – you may require us to correct your personal information as held by us.

Personal Data Erasure Right – you may require us to permanently erase the personal data that we hold about you.

Data Processing Restriction Right – you may require us to stop using your data for particular purposes such as mailing or profiling.

Data Processing Objection Right – you may require us to suspend using your data if for example it is incorrect or you simply wish to withdraw your consent.

Data Portability Right – you may require us electronically to transfer your personal information to another supplier, for example to facilitate switching.

Automated Decision-Making Right – you may require us not to make decisions about you relying solely only on a computer decision.

Breach Notification Right – if in the unlikely event there occurs a breach of security which is likely to result in a high risk to your rights as a data subject, we must inform you without undue delay.

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Rights aside, if you have a change of heart and do not wish us to pass your information to potential suppliers or another introducing company please let us know immediately by email or, should we call you, during our phone conversation and we will remove your information from our and their systems.

You are not bound to enter into a contract with any supplier that provides a quotation to you and can unsubscribe from any communications related to your enquiry from them or us at any time.

If you have any questions, please email privacy@comparecompanies.co.uk.

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Your electronic information means information relating to you, which may or may not be capable alone or with other information of identifying you of the kinds illustrated by what follows in this section. Your electronic information is obtained by us in by: (A) the use of cookie devices lodged within your computer (B) information disclosed by your browser and (C) features of your computer recognised and “remembered” by ours.

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Your browser generates other information, including which language the site is displayed in, and your Internet Protocol address (“IP address”). An IP address is a set of numbers which is assigned to your computer during a browsing session whenever you log on to the Internet via your Internet service provider or your network (if you access the Internet from, for example, a computer at work). Your IP address is automatically logged by our servers and used to collect traffic data about visitors to our web sites. We do not use your IP address to identify you personally but these logs may contain unique identifiable information left by your computer.