Choosing the best burglar alarm for your home

There are several types of burglar alarms available, for your home or business, each with its own set of features, advantages, and disadvantages. The choice of a burglar alarm system depends on factors such as the property type, budget, and individual security needs. Here are some common types of burglar alarms in the UK, along with their pros and cons:

  1. Bells-Only Alarms:
    • Pros:
      • Cost-effective.
      • Deters potential intruders with a loud siren.
    • Cons:
      • Rely on neighbors or passers by to respond to the alarm.
      • No direct communication with the security provider or emergency services.
  2. Monitored Alarms: ( policed)
    • Pros:
      • Monitored 24/7 by a security company.
      • Immediate response from the security provider or the police.
      • Can include additional features like fire and carbon monoxide monitoring.
    • Cons:
      • Monthly monitoring fees.
      • False alarms may incur charges.
      • Dependent on an external monitoring service.
  3. Wireless Alarms:
    • Pros:
      • Easy installation without the need for extensive wiring.
      • Can be expanded or relocated easily.
    • Cons:
      • Relies on batteries, we suggest batteries be replaced every 2 years.
      • Potential for signal interference although this is very rare
  4. Smart Home Security Systems: ( Most popular )
    • Pros:
      • Remote alerts and control via smartphone apps.
      • Integration with other smart devices.
      • Pet friendly options available
      • Can be combined with CCTV app.
    • Cons:
      • Relies on batteries, we suggest batteries be replaced every 2 years.
      • WIFI internet connection required
      • Requires subscription to use mobile APP which is about £36 per year

When choosing a burglar alarm system, it’s essential to consider the specific requirements of your property and your preferences. Combining different types of security measures, such as alarms, lighting, and surveillance cameras, can provide a more comprehensive security solution. Regular maintenance and testing are crucial to ensure the effectiveness of any burglar alarm system.