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Home Burglar Alarms

On this page you will discover:-
  • How an Home Intruder Alarm actually works.
  • Who take's notice of an alarm ringing?
  • If having a burglar alarm advertises that you have something worth stealing.
  • Where you can go to get FREE help and advice on the very best system for your home?

How does a Home Intruder Alarm System Work?

Home Alarm System Burglar (or intruder), fire, and safety alarms are electronic alarms designed to alert the user to a specific danger. Sensors are connected to a control unit via low-voltage wiring which is used to interact with a response device. The most common security sensors are used to indicate the opening of a door or window or detect motion via passive infra-red (PIR). New construction systems are predominately hard wired for economy. Retrofit installations often use wireless systems for a faster, more economical installation. Some systems serve a single purpose of burglar or fire protection. Combination systems provide both fire and intrusion protection. "Your home is your biggest investment, but this is insignificant compared to the safety of your family"

Who takes notice of an alarm sounding?

He Does! Quite frankly, it doesn't really matter who takes notice of your alarm sounding as long as the intruder does, right? And, it is a fact; thieves do not hang around when an alarm is sounding. Why should they? There is plenty of other unprotected homes to choose from, and even better news it that, given a choice, they will avoid a home with an alarm system, altogether.

But don't take our word for it, read what these convicted burglars are saying here. "Thieves are not daft or deaf!"

And this is what our police are saying:
"Alarm systems are a worthwhile investment in the protection of your home and family. Studies reveal that it is far less likely that you will become the victim of a burglary at home if you have a correctly fitted and well maintained burglar alarm". .

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Having an alarm system installed is telling a thief I have something worth stealing, right?

Wrong! We can understand people having this opinion. However, I think you will agree that most homes today possess a TV (or two), hi-fi equipment, computer, mobile phones, CD's, Microwave, possibly a games console, items of jewellery etc, etc. These items are what the majority of burglars are after, easily saleable items that they will quickly turn into cash, and they are readily available in most people's homes.

It is a fact that the majority of burglaries are committed on homes without an alarm system installed and, given a choice; burglars will avoid a home when they see an alarm system installed.

But don't take our word for it, read what convicted burglars are saying here.

Making your family and home safe.

Although sophisticated, a professionally installed burglar alarm system is very simple to use, and all members of your family will be able to 'set' and 'unset' the alarm system using there own unique programmed code.

Home Alarm System

Types of alarms

  • Intruder warning: This could be an 'audible only' alarm that sounds when someone tries to either break in or cut the wiring.
  • Monitored alarms: These alert the alarm system installer. The company then rings you or a named neighbour or relative and, if agreed, will then alert the police who will attend.
  • Autodial systems: Will send a voice message to your mobile phone that alerts you to the fact that your alarm system has been triggered.

Most popular types of detector devices for the home

  • Infra-red sensors: This type of protection is very efficient in covering large areas of your home such as your lounge, kitchen and/or landing and will detect the movement of intruders or a rapid change in temperature that you may get when a window is opened or smashed and is usually positioned in particularly vulnerable areas. They allow you to isolate rooms, such as those that you would use at night, for example, the landing or bedrooms, while having the alarm set downstairs and in vulnerable areas (an integral garage, for instance).
  • Door and window contacts: These are small unobtrusive contacts that are placed on an opening window and frame and/or on an opening door and frame. When the system is 'set' a magnetic field runs between the two contacts and, if the protected window or door is opened the alarm system will sound. Entry and exit routes are programmed with a short delay to allow the home owner to 'unset' the alarm on entry.

Top tips

  1. Whichever system you choose, always ensure there is a battery back-up for hard-wired and monitoring systems so the call centre can still be contacted even if the telephone line is cut.
  2. If you want the police to respond to your alarm, it must conform to European Standard EN 50131. Wireless alarms must meet BS 6799 Class VI. Other systems have caused too many false alarm calls.
  3. Fitting a 'Dummy Box' can be false economy, as experienced burglars can tell the difference between a real and fake alarm.
  4. Ensure your alarm system is installed and maintained by a reputable security company who is accredited by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold standard. Accredited companies are audited every six months by NSI Technical and Quality Inspectors.

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