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Burglar Alarms Guide - An Introduction

Burglar alarms are electronic alarms that alert you to intruders. They have sensors connected to the control unit by either an RF signal or low-voltage wiring which interacts with the response device. The most common types will indicate if a door or window is opened or if there is motion. There are also combination systems that will give you both fire and intruder protection.

Burglar alarms range from small noisemakers that are self-contained to complicated, multiple zone systems with computer monitors. There are two main types of burglar alarms: home alarm systems and industrial intrusion systems. They may be designed to detect, delay, or alarm, depending on the system. Delaying an intruder slows them down or detains them until help arrives, while alarms are meant to scare away the burglar as well as alert you to danger.

There are also home security systems that have a Security Camera. This lets you view what happens in your home when you are away, such as recording vandals or monitoring your child’s baby sitter. They can also be used as evidence if you are victim of a crime. You can also install a Dummy Camera to deter potential intruders who think you have a Home Security Camera installed.

Whatever type of alarm system you want, Price Inspector will help you find the best one. Whether you want a simple noisemaker or a computer monitored system, our buying guide will help you choose the right burglar alarm for your home, and we always find you the cheapest prices in the UK. You can rest assured that you will get the best system to fit your home and your budget.

Types of Indoor Alarms

Most home burglar alarms are meant for indoor use. Using them outdoors gives you more risk of false alarms and weather interference.

  • Passive Infrared Detectors PIR: This is the most common burglar alarm for homes and small businesses. An Alarm Pir system is affordable and reliable. They are called passive alarms because they don’t need to generate their own energy. Infrared Motion Sensors determine when an infrared-emitting object is near by detecting changes in temperature. It then verifies whether the Intruder is actually there.
  • Ultrasonic detectors: These Motion Activated Alarm systems transmit sound waves that are inaudible to the human ear. It detects intruders by locating a change in the sound wave frequency when an object is moved. This will trigger an alarm signal. This type of technology is generally considered obsolete and is no longer frequently used.
  • Microwave detectors: These burglar alarms emit microwaves and detect reflected waves. They are usually combined with a PIR detector to prevent false alarms. The Motion Detector is activated when the microwaves change how they reflect back to the sensor.
  • Photo-electric Beams: These systems are designed to detect intruders by transmitting red light beams. When the beams are obstructed, such as by an intruder, the alarm signal is activated. They are usually used in layers of two or more beams. If the intruder is aware of the system, however, they may be able to avoid the beams. You can find these systems in either indoor or outdoor models.
  • Glass Break Detectors: These work using acoustic detection of the sound of glass breaking. They are mounted close to the glass panes so it can detect the sound frequency of breaking glass. There are also seismic glass break detectors that are installed directly on the pane, monitoring for shock wave frequencies.
  • Magnetic Contact Door Alarm: These alarms are magnets installed on the door and the door frame. When the magnetic connection is broken because the door is opened, the alarm will sound.
  • Some systems also have smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide detectors. These monitors are on 24 hours a day to protect you from these dangers, while the burglar alarm portion of the device can be turned on and off when you like.

Popular Brands

  • A Yale Home Alarm Kit is a basic, affordable system. It comes with an Electronic Key Fob so you can arm and disarm the system remotely. It uses PIR technology and is designed for flats, garages, and Shed Alarm security. It is a wireless system, requiring batteries for the fob, PIR, door contact, and siren.
  • The Accenta G4 Alarm is a wired kit that is expandable to allow as many as 12 devices, 4 keypads, 3 programmes, 8 intruder zones, and 2 fire zones. It comes with an LCD remote keypad and control panel. If you have pets, you’ll want the ‘Pet Kit’ to reduce false alarms. The Accenta system has an internal siren on the control panel and a time/date stamp.
  • The Micromark Easy Fit Burglar alarm system is easy to install, letting homeowners avoid costly installation fees. It uses three wireless PIR sensors and can be armed and disarmed with a remote keyfob. It also comes with a magnetic door or window contact. This system is powered by batteries and solar power.
  • A FriedlandShedAlarm is an affordable, wired alarm system designed to protect your shed against intrusions. This key-operated controller has a 15-second entry and exit delay. It comes with a pre-wired door contact, a pre-wired plug-in siren, two keys, and the controller.
  • A Eurosec 8 Zone Panel has eight programmable zones and can accommodate as many as four remote keypads. It has many features that aren’t normally found in its price range. It accepts nine user codes and has a 32-character LCD display. Its programmable zone descriptions make it easy to use. The keypad, end station, detectors, and bell box all have tamper indicators. The system’s memory can hold 256 events or 64 events with date and time stamps.
  • Any Aei Security Alarm system gives you easy DIY installation. Every model includes an easy-to-follow installation guide, including DVD instructions. They offer both wired and wireless models.

Security Cameras

Many homes and businesses are using a Camera Detector system for increased security. A Cctv Camera can record images for surveillance purposes, and they can be ether video or still cameras.

  • The Micromark Cctv comes with a water resistant camera so it can be used indoors or out. Simply plug it into your TV, and when the PIR sensor detects movement, it automatically switches your TV to the camera’s channel. It features infrared LED lights to improve the night vision, and it has a moisture preventing system so the camera won’t mist over. The camera provides a high-quality black and white picture resolution. It has an anti-tamper system to alert you if the camera is disconnected, and a microphone lets you listen as well as view the images.
  • Pan Tilt Ip camera system lets you monitor any room using your PC. Up to 20 users can monitor the system remotely at the same time. The systems include a microphone to allow two-way communication. The cameras can pan 120 degrees and tilt 60 degrees to allow monitoring of a wide area.
  • The Helix Portable Cctv Wireless camera system gives you instant connection of up to four camera. There is no wiring necessary, and the cameras can be moved at any time to give you more flexibility. The system can transmit sound and vision up to 100 metres, and the colour display screen is high resolution. It includes infrared LED lights for night vision. The system can be powered by battery or mains connections.
  • A Spy Camera or Mini Security Camera lets you see what happens when you’re not home. This can be useful for intruders or monitoring pets or children. Some people use them as a ‘nanny cam’ to see how their nannies or babysitters behave with their children.

Tips to consider before buying Burglar Alarms

  • The first decision is whether you want the system to be monitored by an outside company. Some systems only set off an alarm inside the home, while others are connected to a monitoring company. The loud alarm is often enough to scare away an intruder. However, the monitoring company will automatically alert police or fire departments. These alarm systems may have either an audible or a silent alarm.
  • Consider what you want to achieve with your system. If you have high crime rates, live in a remote area, or travel often, you might want a monitoring company. If you live in a flat or have a close neighborhood, an audible alarm system may be sufficient.
  • Consult with a security company to review your options. Consider how easy the system will be to live with and how much it costs. An complicated system may leave you frustrated if you can’t remember how to operate it.
  • If you have children who will need to arm and disarm the system, make sure the controls are easy to understand and easily reachable.
  • Ask your insurance company whether your home insurance policy will give you any discounts for installing an alarm system. There may only be a small discount, certainly not enough to defray your installation costs, but any little bit helps.
  • When considering the costs, also keep in mind that monitored systems will have a monthly service fee.
  • If you choose an Outdoor Security Camera, make sure it is weather resistant. Helpful features include night vision and anti-misting technology.
  • If you can’t afford a monitored system but want more than just an alarm bell, consider a speech dialer. These devices are connected to your alarm or built into the alarm system’s control panel. When there is a break-in, the system automatically dials the programmed phone numbers to leave a recorded message. You can have the system call your work, mobile phone, and police department.

Jargon Explained

CCTVClosed-circuit television. These systems use a camera that is connected to a television so you can monitor your home.
Alarm bell boxThis is an audible alarm that alerts you if an intruder attempts to break in. They may scare away the burglar, but they do not notify the authorities. Because of the number of false alarms, police do not usually respond to an alarm unless there is other evidence of a crime.
Tamper alertsThese are useful to prevent a professional burglar from simply disconnecting the system. Often, having a good security system that is difficult to disarm will be enough to deter a burglar.
Mains versus battery powerThere are pros and cons to either system. If you don’t change the batteries frequently enough, a battery-powered system won’t work. If you have a system that uses mains power, make sure there is a generator or battery backup to keep your home safe even when there is a disruption in power. 

Buying Guide to Burglar Alarms
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