Which Alarm?

How to choose the right burglar alarm , which alarm
How to choose the right burglar alarm

I have been helping customers over the past years on how to choose the alarms to best suit their needs and perfectly fit their pocket. There are a wide variety of burglar alarm brands available in the market. First let us decide on wired or wireless alarms.

Pros and Cons of wired and wireless alarms

Pros & Cons

Wired Alarms Wireless Alarms Conclusion
Cost Intruder Alarm control panel and associated devices are cheaper but there is additional cost involved in labour as it takes double the time to fit an alike wireless alarm All devices in a wireless burglar alarm system is more expensive than wired one but are easy to install. So labour cost can be waved off No much difference.
Maintenance The back up battery in the control panel and siren needs to be changed and tested every 3-4 years There is a bit of saving in this regard as wireless alarms has to be serviced every 2 years Can save a bit on wired in this regard
Decor There can be a sight of trunking or cables around the corners if cables are not run internally. But, the sleek design of the siren and control panel are really mind blowing if your choose Risco LightSys wired alarm. Perfect finish and no harm to the décor of your house Here, the winner is wireless home security system.
Performance Meets British Standards Meets British Standards Equal weightage
False Alarms Equally reliable, but can trigger false alarm due to power failure if the alarm isn’t maintained regularly. Wireless Alarm that function on 868MHz frequency are less prone to false alarms. Read our blog on how to stop false alarms

 

Both are Reliable
Security Wired Alarms gives tamper alerts if a wire is cut even accidently. An installer has to come and fix this before the system is ready for use again. Professionally installed British Standard Alarms cannot be jammed by external means Wired & Wireles Alarms are secure
Future Expansion Involves more labour if planning for an extension in future. Easy to add additional sensors to the existing home alarm system in future Wireless saves a bit of money here.

So now we have decided on wired and wireless alarm, let us move on to security alarm features. More feature, more money. The price range in the table below includes the product cost and professional installation fee.

Feature Supports Price Brands
Bell Only – Alert an incident by sounding the siren Wired & Wireless £ Yale

 

Bell + Telephone Alert – Alerts the designated person and few other numbers through pre-recorded messages at the time of an event through phone call from your landline. Wired & Wireless ££ Yale

Visonic

Pyronix

Bell + Mobile Alert –   Alerts the designated person and few other numbers through pre-recorded messages at the time of an event through phone call from a SIM installed in the system control panel. Wired & Wireless ££ Yale

Visonic

Pyronix

Bell + Call Alert + Messages/Push notifications on your phone Wired & Wireless ££ Yale

Visonic

Pyronix

Bell + Call Alert + Messages + Smart phone App to control your security system remotely Wired( Risco LightSys )   & Wireless £££ Yale

Visonic

Pyronix

Risco

Bell + Call Alert + Messages + Smart phone App + Camera Sensors to identify what triggered the alarm or even get a picture of the what happened at the time of alarm Wireless £££ Yale

Visonic

Pyronix

Risco

Here Yale is a diy option and doesn’t meet British Standards while all other systems need to be professionally installed by a trained engineer.  Don’t worry if you are not a diy expert, we can install them for you.

Choosing from Monitored Unmonitored or Self-monitored Burglar Alarms

Why not go for an unmonitored security system that fits your budget? Or maybe it is worth getting a professionally installed self-monitored alarm to fit your pocket as well as protect your home and loved ones. Or do you really want to pay the monitoring invisible security guard?

Unmonitored Alarms

Let me begin with the simplest unmonitored burglar alarms. They are easy to install and low cost but good enough to scare intruders with their loud siren.  Moreover, the flashing siren box should give burglars a second thought on whether to choose your house or your neighbour’s. A survey held by metropolitan police among ex-burglars reveals that they prefer buildings with no security system installed. However, if you are not at home you would not be able to hear the siren if someone broke into your house.  So make sure you throw a garden party for your neighbours this summer as they would be the ones to respond.

Unmonitored Burglar Alarms
Alarms Siren goes off at the time of intrusion

Self-monitored Alarms

Self-monitored burglar alarms are as the name suggest are self monitored. They ring you or the people whom you have programmed to be notified when the alarm goes.They can be activated over mobile apps, so don’t worry if you forget to arm the system on a busy Monday morning.These sophisticated security systems can partition your house into various zones and activate the alarm in each zone individually. This helps especially during night time when you can activate just the downstairs zone and move freely upstairs. Moreover, some of them come with cameras in the motion sensors so you can have a live view of your premises while you are away. Most of these self-monitored alarms comes with pet friendly sensors which allow your cats and dogs to roam about without triggering false alarms.

Smart Alarms call you in case of emergency
Alarm controlled from mobile App

Monitored Alarms

Monitored alarms are security systems that contact a monitoring company (a third party) by telephone, if the security system senses an intrusion and is not deactivated within 45 seconds. The monitoring company receives the message, determines the nature of the alarm and verifies it, usually by calling you at your home or business. If they do not receive the proper password, or no one answers, they call the police who respond as quickly as possible.Shops or business premises prefer these types of alarms.

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