It may not come as a surprise to most, but research has shown that burglars tend to avoid homes with a burglar alarm . With that in mind, it’s well worth looking at the variety of alarms that are available and what might be most suitable for you. Here’s a brief run down:
- Bells only – this is the most common, and often cheapest ‘standard’ alarm system that simply creates a loud noise to act as a deterrent
- Speech dialler - this alarm works by automatically contacting nominated friends and family by phone with a pre-recorded message when the alarm is triggered. The pre-recorded message explains what has happened and what you’d like them to do
- Wireless alarms – use individual sensors throughout the home that communicate wirelessly to the central control panel, typically using radio frequency technology. These are by far the most popular types of alarms as they are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and can be taken to a new home if you move house
- Monitored alarms – this system usually requires an annual subscription to a specialist company, such as ADT or Chubb, which will be contacted in the event of the alarm being activated
Whichever system you choose, remember to always update your alarm codes regularly to prevent them being hacked or overridden.