Burglar Alarms are a recognised valuable extra deterrent but there is much to understand and consider before choosing whether an alarm system is for you and, if so, which type to go to for.
So where to start? Below are a couple of websites that give very good information from differing perspectives.
- The first here is a link which explains the difference between monitored and unmonitored systems and much more.
Choosing an alarm supplier
- The next has been produced by the Security Alarms web designers taking a slightly different tack with clear pros and cons to alarm systems.
If you decide to invest in an alarm that’s remotely monitored with a police response, remember that it must be installed and maintained by a company that conforms to the ACPO security systems policy, and whose business is subject to inspection by a UKAS accredited body.
Currently only two such organisations are accepted by the Police. These organisations will give you details of member companies who operate in your local area:
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI)
The Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB)
In choosing your alarm supplier:
- Check the address and credentials of the company and proof of identity from their representative.
- Obtain written quotes from at least 3 companies.
- Ask them to supply you with a list of police rules for monitored alarmed premises.
- Request a written confirmation that they are registered with the Police force in your area.
- Check that the company operates a 24-hour call-out service and emergency attendance within four hours.
- If the installation of a security system is an insurance requirement, check that the security company is acceptable to your insurer.
If you have serious doubts about the legality or sales techniques of an alarm supplier contact the Police or Trading Standards for advice.
Once you have chosen a supplier and the alarm is installed:
- Make sure the installer explains the operation of your system.
- Read the instructions and ensure you, and those who will use the system are familiar with the alarm.
- Arrange for a responsible person to hold keys to your home and is able to operate the alarm.
- Where audible-only systems are installed, neighbours should be aware and agree to report any activation that appears to be accompanied by criminal or suspicious activity.
- False alarms should be investigated and the cause corrected or the system modified
- External sirens and bells should not operate for more than 20 minutes. Excessive noise and frequent false alarms can irritate neighbours and lead to complaints.