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CCTV vs burglar alarms – which system is right for your home?

We often get enquiries from homeowners asking us whether it would be best for them to have a CCTV system rather than a burglar alarm. It’s difficult to give a definitive answer to this question as with so many things in life, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work! With this in mind, a number of factors need to be taken into consideration if you’d like to decide whether or not CCTV is best for you, including:

• Is regular maintenance going to be possible to ensure that the CCTV system continues to provide effective protection?
• s CCTV going to provide you with the most cost-effective solution to protecting your home ?
• Is the best option to simply install a security alarm AND CCTV system?

Whilst there’s no doubt that CCTV cameras provide a highly effective deterrent, if remote monitoring isn’t available, camera footage can only be used retrospectively as evidence. Although the sight of CCTV cameras is usually enough to put off most thieves, there are some who are determined enough not to be put off. As are result, remote monitoring is usually the most effective solution and can could you save money on other crime prevention measures.

Remotely monitored CCTV systems are designed to alert you as an incident happens those responsible for monitoring the system will contact you or the emergency services. This provides a greater opportunity to catch thieves whilst they’re committing a crime, and footage only needs to be used once the offence has occurred. However, you need to bear in mind that in the majority of cases, a remotely monitored CCTV system is usually sufficient to stop intruders in their tracks.

Monitored burglar alarm systems installed in Leeds

Burglar alarm systems are also more effective when they’re monitored. Unlike simple bell only systems and depending on the type of monitoring you choose, either yourself, an emergency contact (a neighbour, for example) or the police will be informed if the alarm is triggered. Monitored alarms are more efficient than bell only systems as when the alarm is activated, the professionals who monitor the system will asses the risk to security. A well-designed and professionally installed burglar alarm offers real benefits to homeowners, providing you with protection and peace of mind, no matter where you might be.