Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Business, Technology & Electronics |

Most people are not aware of what they can do to protect their homes. You’re less likely to become a victim of burglary if you have a well-fitted and very well maintained burglar alarm system. The best type of alarm for your home depends on your personal preferences, your budget, where you live, what your home is like and what level of protection you need.

When you are looking to install a burglar alarm Newcastle you need to look at many different factors. A key consideration is what you would prefer to happen when your alarm goes off and there are various types of alarms that can dictate what happens. Bells-only alarms – which are also known as audible alarms – make a noise, but don’t contact anyone, such as the police or the homeowner to let them know of the break in. A speech dialler system meanwhile, automatically contacts you or other nominated friends and family when the alarm is triggered.

There is the alternative, that you could get a monitoring contract, whereby you would pay a company monthly or annually a fee to take action or call the police if the alarm goes off. Alarms can be either wired or wireless and these choices are important depending on what you are looking for. Wireless alarms look nicer, are generally easier to install and can be removed more easily if you move house and are more aesthetically pleasing. 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 but then again, what’s the price of protecting your family worth?

Wired systems usually need to be installed by a professional, as the wires will need to be hidden, so labour costs are higher. Definitely ensure you factor this into your budget when choosing the type of alarm you want for your home. When an 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 quickly. 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.

There are a lot of homeowners who have a burglar alarm installed and just under half of these 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? You can install one of these alarms yourself, or you can pay a one-off fee to have it installed by a professional.

Ideally, you need to choose the right alarm that will go off for an intruder but not for the local moggy on the prowl!