If you are considering a new intruder alarm or upgrading your existing alarm for your home or work premises, we would strongly recommend the following…
You get what you pay for…
Like almost everything in life you get what you pay per. Don’t be fooled by price alone as other companies are offering inferior alarm systems that will not do the complete job.
Firstly consider what you are protecting. You are protecting your home, your valuables, goods which can be replaced and more and importantly goods that cannot be replaced. Some alarm systems offer about 80% protection, but what is the point in that.
It is statistically proven that thieves will break in to the premises that’s easiest for them to access.
If you take two premises on the same street, one has the lights on and the other does not, It is more likely that a thief will break-in to the house that’s in darkness. Equally if you have two premises with alarm systems and one has a weak system compare to the other a thief will break into the house with the weaker system.
Thieves nowadays can identify from the external alarm box what type of alarm system you have and how easily the system can be bypassed.
The theory of intruder alarm systems.
The theory of an alarm system is quite simple. The system is designed that when set, it protects all entrances and access points to your premises and in the likely event that an intruder attempting to enter the premises, it should send a notification to the owner, and/or monitoring station, and the public nearby.
Comparing Alarm Systems
Some systems being offered on the market come with a “Dummy” external alarm box. Don’t be fooled, thieves know from the difference between real and dummy alarm boxes. In the likely event of a break in, no one in the vicinity will be aware that your home is been invaded. A thief will simply go about their business and know that they have additional time to take what they want.
Sample dummy alarm box. This is what thieves look out for as they know if they break in, no one in the area will be aware…
GSM dialers are considered old technology. Cheaper alarm systems offer them as their only way to communicate with the owner. They can be easily neutralised by blocking the GSM signal going to the premises. GSM signal blockers are readily available over the internet CLICK HERE
Some systems do not use door or window contacts. This reduces the cost of the equipment but allows a thief to physically enter your premises before an alarm is triggered.
Quality of electronics
Some systems on the market today are built to average quality standards. The resulting issues are that the often have false alarms and errors in the system. If an alarm system is constantly creating false alarms, you are more than likely going to stop using the system, resulting in leaving your premises more prone to a break in
Installation costs can vary. Remember it takes a lot of time to install an intruder alarm correctly. From the planning, wiring, connecting, commissioning, testing, identifying each zone and documenting your system. Some companies cut a lot of corners on this resulting in an inferior system setup on your premises.
Monitoring is an area that causes a lot of confusion. In a nutshell, there are two options. 1. Self Monitoring and 2. Monitoring Via a monitoring centre. The costs involved in these options can vary.
Self monitoring is an ideal solution for the domestic residence. The cost of this is typically €70 per year. The ideal solution is where you use an application on your mobile device that notifies you via push notifications when the alarm is triggered. The application also gives you functionality such as remote arming/disarming (No need to give your alarm code out to others) and system overviews (check the status of your system at any time.)
Using a monitoring centre will cost more. This option will typically cost €180 per year and is ideal for commercial/industrial premises or areas where contents of high value need to be protected. Monitoring centres operate 24 hours per day and 7 days a week so you be can rest assured, should your alarm be activated, someone will respond to it immediately.