Intruder Alarms

A security system like an intruder alarm is a great way to protect your home and personal possessions. An alarm system discourages burglars and vandals by alerts them that they have been detected. The fear of being caught helps get intruders out of your home.

Types of Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms generally work with sensors that detect suspicious motion and break-ins. Alarm systems can be wired or wireless. Since wires are not needed to install and operate the system, wireless alarms provide a more streamlined look and are easier to install. They can also be moved to another property if, for example, you sell your house. Wired alarms are generally more expensive since they involve more work during installation.

One type of intruder alarm is an audible-only or bells-only alarm. This system is also known as a Type B alarm. When an intruder sets off the system, a loud noise will sound. The alarm can also be set off when someone presses a personal panic or attack button. This type of system relies on someone hearing the alarm and acting on it, such as calling the police.

The other type of alarm system is a remote signalling alarm. This system is also known as a silent alarm or Type A alarm. Signalling alarms automatically let a receiving centre or monitoring station know when it has been activated. Your security provider then notifies you or the police. If the alarm is triggered accidently, homeowners are given a password to give to their security provider when there is a false alarm. In some cases, an audible alarm can be used in combination with a signalling alarm.

Deciding what's Right for Your Home

When choosing a security system for your home, there are several considerations you should take into account. Different intruder alarm systems offer varying levels of monitoring. You must ask yourself if you want to simply scare off intruders or if you want a security provider to respond when the system is triggered. If you want a simple and affordable deterrent, a Type B alarm might be the best option. Type A alarms are recommended if you want someone to be automatically informed and respond when the alarm is set off. Another consideration is the level of additional features and automation. While certain alarms are basic, some systems have lighting that turns on when the alarm is triggered. Ultimately, the type of system you choose will depend on your budget and own preference. The decision will also be based on the level of protection you want.

For remote signalling or Type A alarms, you also need to decide on the type of monitoring that is best for you. A monitoring contract also means ongoing costs of having your intruder alarm system. One option is having a monitoring contract where a receiving centre is notified when the alarm is triggered. A contract can be a keyholder contract where one or more nominated people are alerted when the alarm is set off. It can also be a police response contract where police are alerted. You also have the option to have a speech dialler or text alert with your alarm system. With this option a wired or wireless device is connected to your alarm. When the alarm goes off, the speech dialler will call and/or text nominated phone numbers. An automated message can also be left on the phone if no one answers.

Finding a Security Contractor

When looking for an alarm installer or company, check with your insurance company to see if they have a list of approved or recommended contractors. Before providing any information to the contractor or agreeing to any work, ask for their credentials and qualifications. Reputable contractors are generally recognised by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB). In most cases, police will only respond to alarms installed by registered companies recognised by these organisations, which are the two main regulatory bodies for the security industry. If you opt for a remote signalling alarm, confirm that the company is recognised by your local police. Also, look for companies that provide 24-hour response and get at least three quotes from alarm installers.