Choosing the right alarm for your home

Choosing the right alarm for your home can be complicated due to the range and diversity of intruder alarms on the market.

In the UK, it takes on average 5-6 minutes for an intruder to gain access to a property. A house with a visible deterrent such as an intruder alarm is less likely to be broken into than a home without any system in place. One of the main challenges you face when choosing the right alarm for your home is defining exactly what you want to happen once your intruder alarm is set off. Today’s sophisticated intruder alarm systems offer a multitude of options that puts you or nominated others, in control – or directly involves the emergency services if preferred.

Where you live and the type of home you have can be a good place to start when it comes to defining what level of protection you need.  

Protecting your flat

Accessed from a communal entrance, flats are often targeted by intruders due to poor access control. Once inside the main building, an intruder will typically make their way up to top floor flats as they are less likely to be caught breaking in by passers by. For this reason, choosing an audible intruder alarm with a high power siren that is independent from the control panel makes it difficult for an intruder to locate and mute the device. It acts as a major intruder deterrent and warning signal to your immediate neighbours.

If you were to be inside your flat when a break in occurs, then knowing you can send an immediate distress signal to the emergency services at the touch of an SOS button will help to bring you peace of mind.

If you live in, rent or let a flat which is accessed off a shared landing on the first floor or above, then your front door is your only form of defence against an intruder. Balancing security with fire safety in a flat is essential, so installing a wireless smoke detector system alongside your main intruder alarm offers a complete safety solution.

Safer bungalow living

Living in a bungalow means that you can feel more vulnerable due to the increased visibility on the ground floor and the increased risk of direct disruption should a burglary take place while you are at home. Ensuring your intruder alarm has perimeter detectors for your garden can give you advanced warning that an intruder could be within close proximity of your property. Protecting all key entry points on your ground floor such as windows and doors is essential so that shock sensors pick up on any disruption.

A remote control alarm offers added peace of mind for the elderly, those living alone or who need regular medical care, as it offers an emergency assistance service if required.

Raising the alarm in a semi-detached house

Semi detached houses typically back on to quiet through-roads which make for an uninterrupted intruder getaway via a back garden. Shock sensors placed on fences and gates can alert you to a potential break in. An alarm with powerful photo detectors can even take images in the dark and upon detecting movement, send movement back to an alarm receiving centre and activate appropriate action.

The added warning given by alarm stickers placed on windows and doors around your property can deter a potential intruder before they commit a crime. A semi-detached house will typically have multiple neighbours living within a few hundred yards of the surrounding area, so stickers can act as a powerful preventative measure.

Minimising detached house intrusions

Usually on the larger size, detached properties tend to have a surrounding garden that offers an intruder a more secluded and appealing target due to the decreased risk of being disturbed. This is where an integrated security system offers protection for an entire family.

Installing an alarm with a 3G portable control panel and built in microphone, allows you to push a ‘panic button’ and talk to a security team wherever you are in your house at any time of the day or night. Gone are the days of having to memorise alarm codes. Install a smart key reader and every member of your family will be able to connect and disconnect your alarm in an easy and convenient way via six smart keys so you always know exactly who has entered your home at any given time.

A surveillance camera such as Cloud Cam can offer added security for outbuildings such as sheds, garages and summer houses. They can watch, record and listen to everything that happens on a daily basis in high definition. Video content can then be accessed via your smartphone, tablet or computer.