Burglar alarms / Intrusion Detection

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Burglar alarms

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The Metropolitan Police Office says that studies have shown a well-fitted and maintained burglar alarm system makes you less likely to become a victim of burglary. But how do you choose the right one for you and your home? Below we talk through the different types of alarm systems and contracts and useful things to consider.

Types of burglar alarm systems

The best type of alarm for your home depends on your personal preferences, budget, where you live, what your home is like and what level of protection you need.

A key consideration is what you would prefer to happen when your alarm goes off. Bells-only alarms make a noise, but do not contact anyone (such as the police or the homeowner). Speech diallers, a device built inside an alarm, automatically contacts you or other nominated friends and family when the alarm is triggered. Alternatively, you could get a monitoring contract, whereby you would pay a company monthly or annually to take action or call the police if the alarm goes off.

Costs vary between the different alarm types; you can call us on burglar alarm costs to find out more about pricing and getting the best deal, with insider tips from burglar alarm installers.

Service and Support

With over 30 years in the industry, We at Pinnacle can service security systems new and old, from a wide variety of manufacturers. DSC, Honeywell/Ademco, FBI, Paradox and many others.
Wireless or wired burglar alarm
Alarms can be either wired or wireless. Wireless alarms look nicer, are generally easier to install and can be removed more easily if you move house. They use battery-powered sensors that communicate with a control panel using radio signals.

While this type of alarm tends to be cheaper to install professionally, or can be fitted yourself, the alarms themselves can be more expensive. Wired systems usually need to be installed by a professional, as the wires will need to be hidden, so labor costs are higher.

Bells-only burglar alarm

When a bells-only (also called audible) alarm is triggered, it makes a loud noise, which will hopefully alert someone in the area to the situation and/or scare off an intruder. However, unlike a monitored alarm or one with a speech dialler, it won’t automatically contact a named person or the police, so there is no guarantee that anything will be done.

46% of Which? members who have a burglar alarm have a bells-only one. It’s worth thinking about the kind of area you live in before deciding to get a bells-only alarm. Is there an active neighbourhood watch giving you confidence that someone will call the police? Or perhaps you have friends and relatives who live very close by who you could count on to take action?