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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 a burglar 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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