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How to find the best burglar alarm for your home

Residential alarm installations and advice in Leeds

Following on from last week’s blog post on choosing a security alarm installer, this week we’re going to focus upon finding the best alarm for your home. A wide range of alarm systems are available and with so much choice, deciding which is the right product can seem a little daunting! However, we’ve put together some information, designed to help you choose the most suitable alarm for your home and lifestyle…

A number of different types of residential burglar alarms are available; here are some of the pros and cons of each type:

Wired alarms: although this type of alarm is generally reliable and robust, it has to be installed by an alarm installation specialist. Wired alarms can be disruptive to install as the wires required for the electronic sensors have to be hidden.

Wireless alarms: an increasingly popular choice, wireless alarms use battery-powered sensors which are designed to communicate with a central control panel through radio signals. The downside to this is that the batteries will need to be replaced periodically. However, as very little wiring is required, wireless alarms offer a cost-effective choice.

Bell only alarms: the cheapest option, this type of alarm is designed to make a loud noise. Best suited to homeowners with friendly neighbours or those living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, this type of alarm won’t automatically alert you or the police.

Auto-dialler alarms: designed to automatically contact you or a nominated friend if the alarm is triggered, auto-dialler alarms are connected to a phone line or mobile network. This type of alarm does need to phone line or a strong, reliable mobile signal.

Monitored alarms: if the alarm is triggered a call centre is alerted and they will then contact the police or a designated emergency contact. This type of alarm requires a fee which is paid monthly or annual and it’s worth remembering that the police will stop responding if too many false alarms are received.

Smart alarms: the latest type of alarm, smart alarms are designed to be integrated with a smart home system. Smart alarms will contact you or a family member if the alarm is triggered, whilst the system can be set or un-set using a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Offering cost-effective, comprehensive security, this type of alarm system is becoming increasingly popular.

Contact FirstEye – burglar alarm installation specialists in Leeds

As you can see, a wide range of alarms are available, with products ranging in complexity. To bet the best from an alarm system – regardless of which type you choose – it should be installed by a professional with expertise in alarm installations. As reputable alarm installers in Leeds – please see our website for full details of our professional accreditations – we will help you choose the best alarm for your home and budget. To find out more, or to obtain a free, no-obligation quote, please contact us by calling 0113 228 8599 or email