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WHAT TYPE OF BURGLAR ALARM DO I NEED?

Carry out a simple risk assessment to decide what burglar alarm system you need. Do you need to protect your shed/garage/garden ornaments or just a single room in your house, or do you need to protect the whole house ?

If you want to protect outside areas you will probably need a simple all weather PIR (Passive Infrared) movement detector that will trigger a chime in the house when someone walks into the area to be protected. Alternatively shed/garage alarms can be set to trigger a 130 decibel siren when activated which is usually enough to frighten away the opportunist thief immediately, as well as alerting the you or your neighbour.

If you want to protect the whole house look for things like easy access points, flat roofs, weak doors/windows etc. These areas usually require specific protection such as PIR movement sensors or magnetic door/window contacts. Consider how you would gain entry yourself, this will highlight potential entry points for intruders.

Generally an alarm system will consist of door contacts on the front and possibly rear doors, and movement detection in the hallway/landing, lounge and kitchen. Protecting the hall/landing is very important because any intruder will have to cross this area when moving between rooms.

It is usually best to fit the entry control keypad in a convenient position in the hallway to allow you to access it easily when entering the security code to arm/disarm the system. You may want your system to include an internal sounder so that entry/exit tones can be heard when arming/disarming the system. External sirens should be fitted as high as practicable, and wireless systems are best so that cables are not be visible. Wireless systems are also quick and simple to install yourself, and are available very inexpensively.

 


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