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Intruder alarms

Alarms are the best deterrent against burglary

Some people think that an intruder alarm system advertises that you have something worth stealing - this is not the case.

Remember, burglars do not want to be seen or heard so time and noise are their enemies.

The alarm industry is governed by inspectorate bodies similar to the 'Gas Safe Register' who oversee the gas industry.

By choosing a company affiliated to one of the recognised inspectorate bodies such as the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), it guarantees that they have met the high standards and business ethics required to be members.

Generally, there are three different types of alarm system response:

  1. a monitored system which provides a police response - if the alarm is activated it signals to the alarm receiving centre who will contact the keyholders and the police. The alarm company will charge an ongoing fee for this facility, on top of the initial installation.
  2. speech dialler - if the alarm is activated, the system dials out to a selection of pre-programmed keyholder telephone numbers (not 999) to alert the recipient. The alarm company will charge a one-off purchase price for the speech dialler, on top of the alarm installation.
  3. audible only system - if the alarm is activated, it will sound, but relies on neighbours and passers-by to respond

All alarm systems must stop sounding and re-arm themselves after 20 minutes.

DIY systems are also available, but are not eligible for a police response.

An alarm company will usually fit an active alarm bell box at the front of the building (which has a sounder and a flashing light) and a dummy bell box at the rear. Due to the fact that most burglaries occur at the rear of the premises, it is good practice to have an active alarm bell box at the rear as well. This will ensure that if a burglar compromises the rear boundary security, they will clearly see that the premises is alarmed, no matter what time of day or night.