Burglar alarms have become a very important part of your home security systems. It is an essential asset when you are looking to fortify your home security.
Leading criminologists have carried out a lot of research that identified that the presence of a burglar alarm actually acts as a deterrent to burglars.
Today, you can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available when trying to buy a burglar alarm.
So here are some tips to help you in this matter.
- Alarm Type – Basically, there are four types of burglar alarms that are available on the market. Each of them is available in both wired and wireless options. The “bells-only” version is the most basic one. They make a loud noise, but it does not provide the option of someone being contacted when it is tripped. With the ‘dialer’ version of the alarm, the alarm will notify (call), a predetermined telephone number, in case it is triggered. In the case of “monitored” alarms, the alarm contacts the monitoring company, who, in turn, calls the key holders or the police (if necessary). The monitoring company charges an annual/monthly fee, which is predetermined. Finally, the most modern “Smart Home Security Systems” contacts you (via app) the moment it is tripped. It can be controlled via the internet, and you have the option of having it monitored by a separate company.
- Features You Need – Always try to opt for the burglar alarm, which has the features that will fit your requirements perfectly. For example, if you are away a lot, try to get the one that can be controlled from remotely. There’s no need to spend on costly features you don’t necessarily need.
- Wired/Wireless – Wireless systems are very reliable, and the alarm installation is cheap and easy. However, they’re more expensive to maintain. Wired systems use cheaper equipment and maintenance but come with higher installation costs and complexity.
Insurance companies typically offer incentives for having a burglar alarm system installed in your residence. Some have made it a stipulation of their policy, so much so that in case your alarm is not in proper working order, they may deem your policy void in the event of a break-in.
So make sure you install a proper security system that fulfils your needs and helps protect your home.