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Burglar alarms and home security

The Metropolitan Police describe having a burglar alarm as “undoubtedly the most effective deterrent against burglary.”

The police also recommend, however, that the physical security of your home isn’t overlooked just because you have a burglar alarm. You should still have sturdy locks on all of your doors and windows, and they should all be locked whenever you leave your home. Your insurance policy might not cover you if they’re not. You can read more about crime prevention in the home here, and if you’re after a locksmith?

The different types of burglar alarm

Audible-only alarms

These alarms make a noise, but don’t contact anyone. The idea is that the noise deters burglars, and alerts neighbours or passers-by who will hopefully act on it. These alarms are great if you know your neighbours well, or if you’re part of a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Dialler burglar alarms

You can set phone numbers which these alarms will dial when triggered. Whether that’s you, your friends, or neighbours. You can usually set between 3 and 10 numbers, which dial in a sequence. If someone’s close enough to deal with it, they have the option to stop the dialler from calling anyone else.

There are two types of dialler. Speech or GSM. Speech diallers will use your landline to phone out. The only downside is that it’s possible for your landline to be cut, plus you actually need to pay for a landline if you don’t already.

GSM uses a mobile network. These can’t be cut, but your mobile reception needs to be reliable, plus you have to get a SIM card, and keep it topped up with credit.

Smart home security systems

These contact you, or any other nominated person (friends, family or neighbours), through a smartphone app. You can also control your alarm from your phone, wherever you are.

The components are varied and versatile, too. In addition to standard motion sensors you can get cameras and smart plugs. The cameras can show you a live view, or can be set to record with the additional purchase of a memory card. Smart plugs let you turn on things like lamps, to make it look as if you’re home. You can do this remotely, or on a timer.

There are a few downsides to consider though.

  • Most current smart security systems don’t have any sort of external alarm box, so if a burglar doesn’t know you have an alarm system, it’s not actually a deterrent until they trigger an alarm.
  • Most don’t have an external siren either. Internal sirens might not be loud enough for neighbours to do anything about.
  • They can be expensive, especially as the basic kits won’t come with absolutely everything you might need or want. Additional sensors or cameras will add to the cost.
  • It’s possible that without professional help to install the system, you might not put them in the most effective positions.

Remote signalling alarms

These alarms are connected to monitoring stations run by the security company, and will contact the police directly. They require a monthly contract to pay for the monitoring.

All alarm systems should have two keyholders, who are trained to operate the alarm, and able to attend within 20 minutes. They should also be contactable by telephone, and have their own transport.

The companies who install these alarms need to be registered with the police, and independently inspected to make sure they’re installing alarms under specific British Standards. That’s because the police have shown that 92% of activations in recent years have been false alarms.

Police response times – or whether they respond at all – vary depending on the resources they’ve got available and what other incidents might be taking place at the time.

If the alarm is triggered, a monitoring centre is notified. The monitoring centre alert the police, then try calling your landline to ask for password identification. If this is incorrect or no-one answers, they’ll inform the keyholders.

Overall, these systems give the ultimate peace of mind, but of course the downside is that it has a significant ongoing cost.

Wired vs wireless alarms

Wired

Most of these alarms come in wireless, or wired, versions. Wired alarms are more reliable but are more difficult to install as the wires need to be hidden. They’re generally a bit cheaper to buy, but more expensive to install.

Wireless alarms

Wireless systems look better, and are easier to install, but tend to be more expensive. You’ll also need to replace their batteries periodically to make sure the system is always working. That’s particularly important if you’ve been given lower insurance payments due to having an alarm installed. Lastly, they’re easier to take with you if you move house.

Burglar alarm costs and installation

Due to the amount of variables involved in choosing an alarm system, the price can vary quite significantly. For example, and as we’ve mentioned, wireless systems are more expensive than wired systems, but it also depends on the size of your house. The more rooms, windows and doors you have, the more sensors you’ll need, and the more it’ll cost.

If you want a monitored alarm system then there’ll be a monthly cost involved too. Anywhere from around £30-£100 a month. These need to be installed by the company themselves.

You can buy wireless systems for as little as £150 but unless you have quite a small flat then you’ll almost definitely need more sensors. Some other sets can set you back £300-£400 without installation too. You can install these yourself, but if you want an installer to do it for you then that cost will be in addition. It’s up to you who you want to install it.

Also worth considering is the money you could save on your insurance premiums if you have a burglar alarm installed.

Lastly, installation companies will most likely want to visit your home before they can provide an accurate quote.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI or NACOSS) and the Security Systems Alarm and Inspection Board (SSAIB) are the burglar alarm accreditations you should be looking out for. They check things like an installer’s vehicles and tools, as well as their general competence and financial health.

If you’re getting an alarm with a monitoring contract they should definitely be members of at least one of these organisations, but whatever installer you end up choosing, it’s something you should expect.

Planning permission for skill jobs

Planning permission isn’t normally required for installing a security alarm, but if you live in a listed building or conservation area you should check with your local planning authority.

Insurance for skill work

A quality alarm installer should have specialist insurance to cover their work, including public liability insurance.

Questions you should ask your alarm installer

  • Is the company subject to an independent inspection process and if so which organisation?
  • Are they accredited with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI or NACOSS), and the Security Alarm and Inspection Board (SSAIB)?
  • If the installation is a requirement of your insurance company – is the company acceptable to your insurer? If you’re looking to get cheaper insurance premiums then check with your insurer first that they approve of the alarm and installer.
  • If choosing a monitored or remote signaling alarm, ask the company to provide you with a list of police rules for occupiers of the premises. Ask for written confirmation that the alarm and the company are currently acceptable to the local police for the transmission of alarm messages from new installations.
  • If a company quotes crime statistics then you can check them at the website for the Office of National Statistics.
  • If you’re thinking about moving or extending, check you can move or extend the alarm.
  • If you have pets or children, ask your installer about sensors that guard against accidental triggering of the alarm.
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GRANDREW SECURITY SYSTEMS

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

Bespoke alarms,cctv,access control,fire alarm company trading for over 30 years providing peace of mind to customers small and large,domestic,commercialor industrial,Specialising in a catered service to fully protect our customer while keeping within their individual budgets.Customer safety and satisfaction are our top priorities whether ut be a studio apartment or a hundred acre site we will strive to give our usual great service in a timely manner.

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Reviewed by Nicholas on 23/5/2024
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HALE SAFE LTD

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

With over 25 years combined experience in the security and I.T. industries, we have the expertise to offer exceptional installation and maintenance services. Our focus lies in customising systems to your specific requirements for your home or business. We take pride in paying meticulous attention to detail and ensuring that every aspect of your security and computer networking solution is tailored to perfection.

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Reviewed by Carl on 24/6/2024

Greg did a great job and kept me informed with progress reports. They are looking after our CCTV in the 3 shops going forward.

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Besec Systems

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

We are Besec Systems LTD. We are a small business located in Fife. We cover all aspects of modern security systems. Rest assured we are qualified and experienced engineers. We take pride in our work and our clients are top priority. We specialise in the following; INTRUDER, CCTV, FIRE, ACCESS CONTROL, NETWORKING, SECURITY LIGHTING, VIDEO DOOR BELLS - DOMESTIC SMOKE ALARMS. We SUPPLY, INSTALL, MAINTAIN and REPAIR. DOMESTIC - COMMERCIAL - INDUSTRIAL Be SECURE with BESEC SYSTEMS !

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Reviewed by Neil on 24/2/2024

Good communication. Knew exactly what was needed. Job done quickly on agreed date for fair price. What more can you want!?

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ALL MARK-ALL TECH

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

We are a small family run business. Principle engineer Mark has over twenty years experience in leading media companies. Our services include: CCTV, Aerial's, Sky, Networking and phone lines. We provide excellent customer service and quality workmanship.

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Reviewed by Karl on 8/7/2024

Great response, job completed with three hours of placing the job. Thanks Mark,

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Premier electrics

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

We are an electrical firm with over 800 five star ratings. Customer satisfaction is our top priority. We cover all domestic electrical services to the public and offer innovative ways to improve the efficiency and lifespan of your electrics.

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Reviewed by Justine on 18/7/2024

Quick response, came on same morning, sorted job, very good value.

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GP Digital Services

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

GP Digital Services Ltd is a family-run, customer-centred AV & Security firm based in Glasgow. GP Digital Services Ltd has over 25 years’ experience in audio visual installation and TV technology. We are to proud offer a service in security systems such as CCTV and alarm installations whilst we cover a wide variety of technology, coming from a background of electronic repair and installation.

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Reviewed by Dan on 23/4/2024

Graham and JP were brilliant from start to finish and beyond. They were merticulous with the install, looked after all our needs and i would recommend them 100% anytime. Until the next project. Thanks again lads. Truely appreciated.

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B M Luxe Electrical

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

All electrical work undertaken: Domestic and commercial Fault finding and fixing Re-wire Distribution board upgrades Emergency lighting Domestic and commercial fire alarms CCTV Intercom Ethernet cabling CAT 6 PAT Testing Inspection and testing certificates for landlords and home buyers. New sockets New lights New build houses

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Reviewed by Wyn on 29/3/2024

Competent, confident and pleasant individual who turns up on time. Very pleased with his workmanship.

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HelloNet

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

Qualification: MSc. Advanced Computer Networks. Experienced network engineer with nine years’ experience in a variety of office-based environments. Comfortable working as independently with a focus on delivering quality in IT. High attention to details. Setup, develop and maintain computer networks within an organisation/small office and connecting sites to each other. - Maintaining technical facilities to the highest standard through cable management, workstation installation, rack-mounting, etc. -Opening branches in term of IT -CCTV installation -Configured routers, switches and wireless network

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Reviewed by Peter on 9/6/2024

Polite and quick service

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Hyde Audio & Visual Solutions

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

Audio visual security solutions from small residential jobs to large Commerical systems including hotels. I’ve been running the company for 11 years. Have install several hotels systems from cctv and TVs. many residential cctv alarm systems. Worked with sky tv installing residential and Communal? satellite aerial systems.

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Reviewed by Tayo on 26/6/2024

the company promised they have 3 years warranty on their installation. I have since had issues with the installation and reported this to the installer but they have refused to turn up.

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KD Electrical

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

KD Electrical is company that prides itself on excellent workmanship and customer satisfaction

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Reviewed by David on 9/1/2024

Very friendly great workmanship job completed very happy with all the work would recommend and already planning to use again

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ElectroByte

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

Always striving to deliver an efficient, reliable and prompt service to my customers. Please feel free to browse through our reviews to see what our previous clients thought of our services.

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Reviewed by philip on 5/4/2023

Prompt, polite, great customer service.

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KD COMMS

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

We are a thriving family run business, based in Glasgow. Established since 2014 as a sole trader, we are now a VAT registered limited company due to yearly growth and success. All our work is to the highest standard, which unfortunately is in decline in our industry these days. We have excellent communication with fast response times and detailed job reports. Our small team of engineers are well presented, polite, courteous and always carry identification. Some of our current clients, of which we can provide testimonials, include housing associations, city councils, property managers and house builders across the central belt. The services we offer include: Aerial and Satellite installation and maintenance. All aspects of work on copper coaxial and fibre communal TV systems Wired and wireless data networks. Installation & maintenance of structured cabling data systems Cat5e/6/6a/fibre CCTV Installation and Maintenance. HD analogue and IP systems. Domestic & Commercial Wireless & Wired Intruder Alarm Installation and Maintenance. Accreditations: - CAI plus approved communal TV engineers - Safe Contractor Accredited - Public & Employer liability insured - All engineers carry CSCS cards - Disclosure Scotland If you require any further information or pricing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Reviewed by Alan on 21/11/2023

Scott, the engineer, was exceedingly pleasant and helpful.

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AV & Security Scotland

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

I've worked in the TV and security industry for nearly 10 years. I'm a security specialist who can advise, supply and install CCTV and alarm systems. My original background is an aerial/satellite installer and provide services to maintain/install aerials and satellites, TV wall-mounting, HDTV distribution and internet distribution. What I do best is tailor your system to your needs.

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Reviewed by denis on 4/3/2024

very tidy and clean worker very efficient and good at his job very happy with him and would him hire again

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HIGHLIGHT ELECTRICS LIMITED

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

Hello, we are here to help you getting right service on the right time, with 15 years of experience we try to make you happy and comfortable with bringing on your homes light thank you

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Reviewed by Neil on 14/4/2024

Quick, affordable, courteous and professional. Wholeheartedly recommend.

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Optimal Electrical services

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

Well experienced electrician with over 6 years in the trade who strives for the best service possible at the highest standard making sure the customer is completely satisfied. Also available for handyman services including building flat pack furniture, Tv wall mounting as well as other general repair jobs needed round the house

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Reviewed by Sharon on 22/7/2024

Danny was brilliant came at short notice was professional quick thorough and friendly. Will be using him again and telling everyone we know if they need a reliable professional electrician, he’s the one!!

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VIPER Security Solutions

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

""VIPER Security Solutions cover Birmingham & the West Midlands. We are proud members of Rated People with 5 * reviews on all our platforms Installing, repairing and servicing all different types of Intruder alarm systems, CCTV, Intercoms & Door Entry systems. We use high quality, trusted brands while also being able to service and maintain older existing systems you may have. We have over 10 years experience within the electrical and security systems industry. Any questions you may have please feel free to reach out and we would be happy to help."

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Reviewed by Diane on 1/7/2024

Excellent service. Came very quickly and got the job done. Very friendly, polite service. Would highly recommend.

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1UP Security

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

1 UP SECURITY SYSTEMS supply & fit CCTV systems for residential and business clients from our shop & offices in South Yorkshire. ALL OUR FITTERS ARE NCFE LEVEL 3 QUALIFIED IN CCTV & INTRUDER ALARM INSTALLATION. We import our CCTV and security equipment direct from the manufacturers, therefore, reducing the costs to you. We have over 7 years of experience in the CCTV business and our installing staff are all full-time professionals. OUR QUOTED PRICES FOR CCTV & ALARMS ARE ALL FOR "SUPPLY & FIT" PROJECTS and come with a MINIMUM 12-month guarantee. However, it is essential that a 10-minute SITE SURVEY is carried out with each job quote as all properties are different. The SURVEYis FREE. WE ALSO FIT CLIENTS' OWN EQUIPMENT. However, in such instances, we only guarantee our own installation work and not the purchased CCTV equipment.

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Reviewed by Paul on 10/10/2023

Richard contacted me gave me a very fair quote explained what he needed to do. Came did the work very clean and tidy. Very happy with the work

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D Wilson Electrical

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

We are a Father & Son business, established 1990, based in the South Side of Glasgow.

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Reviewed by Jennifer on 29/9/2023

Dougie and David have been an absolute pleasure to deal with as we had our home rewired. The process from start to end was seamless and we had brilliant communication from them throughout! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing any electrical work done. You'll be in safe hands!

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M.HOYLES ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

I am an electrical contractor covering the west yorkshire area. I have been in business for 20years. I am city & guilds approved, part "P" and trustmark registered. I carry out all types of electrical work. No job too small and all work is guaranteed.

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Reviewed by Mags on 23/1/2024
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ElectricFix Science Ltd

Burglar, Security & Intruder Alarm Installation

We are fully compliant with BS7671 & are guided by IET regulations to ensure we deliver the most accurate & up-to-date information possible. We follow all electrical safety regulations. Outstanding knowledge of commercial & residential installations.

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Reviewed by Ola on 4/6/2024

Professional from start to finish. Polite and did a wonderful work. Can’t fault them at all

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