Why install a burglar alarm to your property?

A domestic burglar alarm is the easiest way to protect your property from intruders, no one wants unwanted guests in their home, especially when they intend to steal or damage your property.

A burglar alarm can give your home an extra layer of security to protect your property and your possessions within it as well as your family. A burglar alarm will warn you if someone attempts to gain entry to your home, but it will also work by deterring potential intruders. There are various types of burglar alarms, such as wired or wireless models which work in different ways. Usually, when an alarm is triggered it will do one or more of the following:

  • Sound the burglar alarm internal and external sounders and strobes
  • Turn on the security lights in and around the house
  • Automatically dial or text pre-set telephone numbers or the police.

The purpose of sounding the alarm and turning the lights on is to startle the intruder and to alert you that there is danger. Statistics have shown that 60% of burglars are scared off by the sound of an alarm. Internal Piezo sounders or Soundbombs are the perfect solution.

How is a burglar alarm activated?

Many burglar alarms use a standard circuit breaker system to detect forced entry. Switches are placed either side of a window or door. When the window or door is closed; the circuit is closed and the system can be activated. The forcing open of the window or door by an intruder breaks the connection and a signal is then sent to the control box, which triggers the burglar alarm. More advanced systems use a motion sensitive detector that will sound the alarm when movement is detected. The most sophisticated burglar alarm systems combine a mix of circuit breaker and motion detection systems in order to provide a high level of security for your property.

Types of burglar alarms

Wireless burglar alarm systems used to be considered inefficient but because of advances in technology they are now often preferred to hard wired systems. Wireless alarms are easier and cheaper to install, whereas as hard wired alarms need cables to be fixed into the property. A burglar alarm system usually comprises of the following components:

Control box
A control box is fitted onto the outside of the building in a prominent place. This is used to deter intruders because it is usually very visible and indicates the house has a working alarm system. The box is usually connected to the main control panel and will sound an outgoing alarm. Not all control boxes are coupled with a siren, so if yours isn’t – make sure to invest in a separate siren that is connected to the alarm system of your property. The alarm siren is a great way to draw attention to the burglary and to scare the intruder away.

Programme dialer
A programme dialler simply calls pre-set telephone numbers or the police once the alarm is sounded. This provides a high level of security because the owner or caretaker will be phoned if you are not present.

Motion detectors
Motion detectors work well in tandem with the rest of your circuit breaker system. They emit infrared beams in vulnerable areas of the home that are likely to be broken in to. When they detect movement, the alarm activated.

There are a great variety of burglar alarms to choose from, so it’s best to speak to a registered installer to discuss which model is right for your property.

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