Why you should consider alarm and security systems
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 are less expensive to buy but are more costly to install and you will need to hide unsightly wires. The later cost more but are less expensive and easier to fit and tend to look better.
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 – a warning of a possible burglary is provided via your tablet or smart phone. 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.
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.
It will not come as a surprise to read that there are a wide range or prices depending upon the type of system.
A simple bell-only alarm that you install yourself could cost from 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.