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Choosing the Right Intruder Alarm

Intruder alarm buyers' guideDid you know according to government statistics approximately 40% of businesses experience some form of crime every year. Don’t let it be your business next, protect yourself with an intruder alarm. It will guard your premises against break-ins and deter thieves, potentially saving you valuable time and money.

There are a number of different types of intruder alarm system out there, below is a short description of each one to help you understand which may be the right system for your business:

  • Wired system – This is the most common and usually cheapest system available.
  • Wireless system – You can install this system quickly with minimal disruption. Therefore, it suits historical or heritage sites, where wires may be unsightly.
  • Bell Box Only – Simplest form of system, if the alarm triggers when someone attempts to or succeeds in entering the premises the bell box will sound. This is best suited to high density areas (such as housing estates) where people will respond to the alarm.
  • Monitored System – You can choose to monitor your system with an ARC (alarm receiving centre). It will notify either a nominated key holder or the police when the alarm is triggered.

However, ensuring your intruder alarm system is the right one for your business is only half the solution. With many installers out there, you need to be sure you select the right company to give you the correct advice and design the system that’s right for your business. When making your decision ask yourself the following questions to ensure you choose only the most competent company to look after your business:

  • Can they prove their competence? – Reliable installers will be part of an inspectorate scheme such as the “SecIntruder alarm maintenanceurity Systems and Alarms Inspection Board” (SSAIB).
  • Can they provide testimonials and case studies of their work? – Quality installers will be able to provide great feedback from customers. They should also be able to show case studies of when they have carried out prestige or complex jobs.
  • Do they carry the right level of insurance? – Responsible installation companies will have employer’s liability, public liability and efficacy insurance.
  • Do they provide a warranty? – Professional security companies will guarantee their work for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Can they support your system? – A respectable company will be able to support you 365 days a year 24/7 with call outs, technical support and preventative maintenance.
  • Do they employ all their own staff and are they trained? – It is essential that the install company survey, install and manage the whole process and not subcontract the work out.

For more information please contact us on 0845 402 3045 or download our comprehensive intruder alarm buyers guide here.

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