Is your home adequately protected whilst you’re away?

Alarm installations in Leeds

Whether you already know exactly where you’re going on holiday this summer or you’re waiting to pick up a last minute deal, leaving your home unoccupied leaves you at far greater risk of being burgled. For many people it’s the shock of being broken into that spurs them into installing an alarm but rather than waiting for the worst to happen, surely prevention is better than cure?

How much do burglar alarms cost?

It’s hard to give a precise figure in answer to this question as the cost will vary depending on the type of alarm you choose, whether or not it is monitored and the size of your property. Whilst there are very cheap, off-the-peg alarms available in most DIY shops, these systems are unlikely to provide you with effective, round the clock protection. A fake alarm bell box is a very low-cost way of providing a visible deterrent whilst a state-of-the-art wireless system, linked with a home automation, is undoubtedly a more expensive option.

What’s the difference between different types of alarm systems?

  • A bell-only alarm system is designed to make a loud noise when one of the internal sensors is triggered. This type of system will let your neighbours know (they’ll be able to hear the alarm!) and is a great way to deter intruders but it won’t alert you or the police.
  • Monitored alarm systems are connected to a receiving centre, either through a radio network or telephone line. If one of the alarm’s detectors is triggered, a signal will be sent to the receiving centre. The receiving centre will then call your home for verification and to check if everything is ok; if your home phone isn’t answered or your password ID isn’t provided, your nominated key holder or the police will be contacted. Don’t forget that although this type of system offers 24 hour reassurance that your home is protected, you will have to pay annual or monthly subscription charges on top of the cost of installation.
  • Speech dialler alarm systems can offer a good compromise between bell-only and monitored systems. Speech dialler devices can either be connected to an existing alarm, or alarm systems are available with a speech dialler built into the control panel. In the event of a break in, the speech dialler will automatically begin to call the phone numbers which have been stored in the system, leaving a pre-recorded message if the call isn’t answered.

Get in touch with FirstEye for further advice

Our alarm installation services are available throughout Leeds and whether you’d like advice on the most suitable system for you, or to obtain a no-obligation quote, we’d be happy to help. Why not get in touch today?