Choosing the right alarm for your home can be complicated due to the range and diversity of intruder alarms on the market.
In the UK, it takes on average 5-6 minutes for an intruder to gain access to a property. A house with a visible deterrent such as an intruder alarm is less likely to be broken into than a home without any system in place. One of the main challenges you face when choosing the right alarm for your home is defining exactly what you want to happen once your intruder alarm is set off.
Today’s sophisticated intruder alarm systems offer a multitude of options that puts you or nominated others, in control – or directly involves the emergency services if preferred.
Where you live and the type of home you have can be a good place to start when it comes to defining what level of protection you need.
Protecting your flat
Accessed from a communal entrance, flats are often targeted by intruders due to poor access control. Once inside the main building, an intruder will typically make their way up to top floor flats as they are less likely to be caught breaking in by passers by. For this reason, choosing an audible intruder alarm with a high powered internal siren acts as a major intruder deterrent and warning signal to your immediate neighbours.
If you were to be inside your flat when a break in occurs, then knowing you can send an immediate distress signal to the emergency services will help to bring you peace of mind. This can be achieved by our wired and wireless portable hold-up panic buttons.
If you live in, rent or let a flat which is accessed off a shared landing on the first floor or above, then your front door is your only form of defence against an intruder. Balancing security with fire safety in a flat is essential, so installing a wireless smoke or heat detector alongside your main intruder alarm offers a complete safety solution. Which can also be monitored for fire brigade response.
Safer bungalow living
Living in a bungalow means that you can feel more vulnerable due to the increased visibility on the ground floor and the increased risk of direct disruption should a burglary take place while you are at home. Ensuring your intruder alarm has perimeter detectors for your garden can give you advanced warning that an intruder could be within close proximity of your property. Protecting all key entry points on your ground floor such as windows and doors is essential and shock sensors detect early entry to scare the burglar away before gaining access inside the property. These can also be switched on at night to provide complete 24 hour protection.