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What Burglar Alarm Should I buy?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

What Burglar Alarm Should I buy?

There are many different reasons why people decide to install burglar alarms.  Some people will buy burglar alarms as a reactive measure, after they have been burgled. Other people will be proactive, buying a burglar alarm in the hope that it will reduce their likelihood of being burgled. No matter what inspired the decision to consider buying a burglar alarm, security is always likely to be the important issue.

There are many different types of burglar alarm to choose from and this is where it is important to know what your options are and what burglar alarm is going to provide you with the best return.

Hardwired burglar alarms or wireless burglar alarm

It used to be that wireless burglar alarms were considered to be unreliable but this is no longer the case. The continual improvements in wireless technology have made these alarms a reliable product at an affordable price. A hardwired alarm requires a connected system linked to a control panel. People who are looking for a high level of security will often prefer the hardwired alarm.

Monitored versus unmonitored

An unmonitored alarm usually has a bell that rings when it is triggered. This will hopefully be enough to scare the burglar or intruder off, or alter someone else that the property has been compromised. However, if no one else hears or takes action, there is no major deterrent from this style of alarm.

A monitored alarm will be linked to an alarm monitoring agency that will usually be able to take action or notify the police or a local agent to take action. As you would expect the higher level of service provided by this system carried a higher price tag. This can be seen in a higher installation fee but there may well be regular fees to be paid each year or month for the monitoring service.

There are alarms that can be linked direct to the police, which is a benefit that some people will think of value. This should only be considered by people at high risk or who have considerable value in your property. This system and set-up may cost a considerable fee.

Fake Alarms

For people who think that the deterrent element is the most important aspect of an alarm may find the fake or dummy alarm to be a sensible investment. To all intents and purposes, this looks like a standard alarm and it will be placed in the traditional part of your home or property. A burglar may see it and then decide against breaking into the property.

Other styles of burglar alarms include:

·         Video door entry systems

·         Sensor devices

·         Magnetic switch sensors

The price will always be a factor

One of the most important things to consider when looking for an alarm is how much money you have to spend. Your budget will always have an impact on the style of burglar alarm that you can afford to fit. The fake or dummy alarm may provide you with all the benefits you need if it acts as a deterrent to criminals.

You should also consider what sort of price you are happy to pay to have security increased at your home or place of work. If money is no object, you can pay a high price for your burglar alarm system but this is not a system that most people find themselves in. This is where knowing your own budget and your own expectations for a security system have to come into play.

There are many reliable brand names to choose from when opting for a burglar alarm, but again, this may impact on the cost. The reliability that comes from choosing a known and reputable name may mean that you pay a higher price than when you buy from a lesser known brand. The flexibility in the burglar alarm market means that there will be something for everyone.