Research shows that if you have a burglar alarm installed in your property, it is less likely to fall prey to burglars or intruders. An intruder alarm system is a visible means of deterring criminals – any potential intruders are sure to see the bell box on the exterior of the property before entering and will know that a loud alert will sound out should they enter. This means they’re a great way to protect your premises and limit the potential for theft or damage.
There is no such thing as a one size fits all solution however and before you go ahead and have a burglar alarm installed, there are a few things that you should consider to ensure that you get the right system for your needs, that’s right for your property and offers the best level of protection for your valuables and other possessions.
Here are a few things that you can consider however when choosing an alarm:
What type of system do you need?
This is the biggest consideration because it will determine your entire security system. Burglar alarms come in many guises today and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to having multiple options and cutting-edge technology at your fingertips.
Bell only: A bell only system is just as you’d expect – it issues a loud alert (via the bell box) in the even the alarm is triggered. This is a loud noise which can alert neighbours and passersby. You’ll set and unset when you enter and leave the house, go to bed etc by either entering a code, pressing a button on a fob or swiping a fob on the alarm panel.
Auto-dialer: If you aren’t at home, you won’t know that your bells only alarm has gone off. If you’d like to be informed, an auto-dialler intruder alarm will dial a predetermined number if the alarm is triggered to provide the alert. This could be your own number, a key holder or neighbour.
A monitored alarm: A monitored system is connected to a central monitoring centre. If the alarm is triggered, the centre is notified automatically and they will then call the police.
You can combine an intruder alarm system with a CCTV system to add an extra layer of security. Read on our blog post on this topic for more information.
While it is possible to buy cheap DIY systems, it’s true that you get what you pay for and a DIY system won’t offer the same level of protection as a professionally installed one.
Don’t forget that when you contact us, Andromeda will visit your premises and give you a customised quote along with our suggestions as to which type of intruder alarm system best suits your needs so if you aren’t sure or need further advice, just get in touch to book an appointment now.