Fitting a burglar alarm is one of the best steps you can take to protect your home. In fact, Which? reveals that having a well-fitted and well-maintained burglar alarm system makes you less likely to become a victim of burglary.
When it comes to choosing an alarm, there are plenty of options available depending on your needs and budget:
- Bells-only alarms: these simply make a loud noise when triggered, hopefully deterring intruders and alerting your neighbours. However, there is no guarantee anyone will respond. They are typically cheaper than other alarms.
- Monitored alarms: you usually pay a monthly fee for these alarms and the monitoring company either takes action or calls the police if the alarm goes off.
- Speech dialler alarm: if the alarm is triggered, a device automatically contacts you or a nominated person and plays a pre-recorded message.
You also need to decide if you want a wired or wireless alarm. Wireless alarms are easier to install and are typically cheaper, plus you don’t have the faff of hiding wires. However, you do need to remember to change or recharge the batteries regularly. Wireless alarms also have a reputation for false alarms, although this is less likely with newer models.