A burglar alarm system is considered an essential home security measure for many people, not only acting as a deterrent for opportunist burglars but to provide a sophisticated level of security for any property.
With burglary rates expected to soar once the lockdown finally ends, now is the time to invest in a new intruder alarm system. But if the wide range of available options is leaving you perplexed, we have a brief guide for you.
Which type of burglar alarm system?
Intruder alarms typically come in four main types:
- Bells-only alarms – They sound the alarm when activated, but that is all.
- Dialler burglar alarms – These will call nominated phone numbers when activated.
- Monitored alarms – These connect to the police or a response centre
- Smart home security systems – These work with an app on your smartphone or device, and will alert you in real-time if activated, and can be connected to other devices such as CCTV, fire alarms, lighting, and even thermostats.
Wired or wireless?
Wired intruder alarms will be connected to mains electricity, with wires running to each own the sensors, while wireless systems will use battery-powered peripherals, connecting to the control panel via radio, or even Bluetooth or WiFi.
However, while wired systems are more competitively priced, installation can push up the cost. Wireless systems can be packed up with your belongings if you move, as well as being neater and easier to install.
What features to go for?
Finally, you need to consider what features you need. You might want a pet-friendly system that isn’t activated easily by cats or dogs roaming the property at night.
Zone control can be a benefit to those working from home in a spare room all day, so you can allocate certain areas of the house to be activated while you’re busy elsewhere. Older or vulnerable people might feel safer with a panic button to have on their person.
If you’d like to improve your home security, then talk to intruder alarm installers in Slough today to find a system that best for you.