Be Alarmed – Be Very Alarmed!

publication date: Jul 28, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Be Alarmed – Be Very Alarmed!

Burglars prey on homes that are not obviously occupied or protected. They look for newspapers or milk left outside, easy access via open windows, no lights on when it’s dark and poorly secured doors. A visible, active house burglar alarm can act as a great deterrent to opportunistic thieves.

When choosing an alarm system for your home, you can have a system that:-

1.   Is an audible alarm which sounds when someone tries to break in or cut the alarm wires.

2.   Is monitored (usually at a monthly cost) and, if someone tries to break in, the alarm company calls you and/or a named person nearby and if necessary alerts the police.

3.   Gives CCTV coverage.  If the alarm is triggered you are sent a text and can check the situation on-line.

Once you have decided what type of alarm you want, it’s a good idea to make sure that the alarm company you use:-

1.   Offers a free survey
2.   Provides alarms which conforms to the British Standard 4737
3.   Is independently certified by Certification for Security Service Providers and/or accredited by the National Security Inspectorate
4.   Takes time to show you how to use the alarm rather than just leaves you with an instruction book!
5.   Makes clear any additional or ongoing costs such as for maintenance.

Choosing an alarm maybe not as straightforward as you had first imagined but take the time to get it right.  Buy the right system for you, from a reputable and trustworthy company, and the peace of mind it gives you will be well worth the financial outlay.  As with the advice on locks, check out your plans with your insurance company – you may be eligible for further discounts, always a bonus!

If you need help finding a security company to make your home secure, email or tel 0845 838 1763.

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