Burglar Alarm Buyers Guide

Types of Home Alarm Systems

Installing a home alarm system is a necessity for everyone who wants to be sure their possessions are protected and their house is safe. The prices for home alarm systems are no longer an excuse for not installing them because today you can find cheap home alarm systems.

Choosing the right home alarm system for your house might be a complicated part of the process, but we hope the information below will help you make the right decision for the safety of your house.

Most people choose their home alarm system considering the following aspects:

  • the neighbourhood they live in
  • the level of security they want and need
  • the price that they are willing to pay for the installation of the home alarm system and its maintenance

The two main categories home alarm systems are divided into are: wired and wireless plus there are hybrid systems that can do a mixture of both.

Wired home alarm systems Wired Alarm System

This is the traditional form of home security. The local home alarm systems come with various sensors called PIRs (Passive Infra-Red) positioned around your house.  Once they sense an intruder via a change in infrared levels, they trigger the control panel to set off a loud audible alarm. The alarm will let your neighbours know that something isn't quite right on your property and, if your neighbours are sufficiently motivated, they will call the police. The sensors can be connected to doors and windows if necessary.

Benefits of wired home alarm systems

Cheaper to purchase, no batteries to change, less maintenance

Drawbacks of wired home alarm systems

Bigger job to install and the skill is in laying the cables with the least disruption to the house. 

Here are some examples of home alarm systems for you to check out:

Pyronix Home Burglar Alarm System

Texecom Premier Burglar Alarm Systems 

Wireless home alarm systems Texecom Ricochet KIT-002 Wireless Alarm System

Wireless home alarm systems gained a reputation for being unreliable in the 1990s when they were first launched.  Since then they have struggled to shrug off that reputation even though they are now as reliable as wired alarm systems.  As technology has improved so the level of home alarm systems offered wirelessly has also improved. 

Here are some examples of home alarm systems for you to check out:

Visonic PowerMaster GTX Wireless Alarm Kit

Texecom Ricochet KIT-0002 Wireless Burglar Alarm Kit

Benefits of wireless home alarm systems

Quick installation, virtually no disruption to décor.

Disadvantages if wireless home alarm systems 

Cost of purchase, batteries need replacing periodically (Approximately every 2-3 years depending on the system and the setup).

Hybrid Home Alarm Systems Hybrid Alarm System

This is being mentioned as a separate paragraph but there is now such a crossover that it should not really be mentioned as though there is a separate style of system called ‘hybrid’.  Many hard-wired systems can now have a wireless module fitted to allow them to accept wireless sensors.  Many wireless systems have zone terminals to accept hard-wired cables with sensors on the end.  You can see that both wired and wireless systems have a ‘hybrid’ facility included or have the capability with the right add on module.

A system worthy of note because it is so flexible, and has so many different options to really achieve whatever the requirement is the Texecom Premier Elite kit.  Because it is so flexible it is quite complicated to set up so be warned.  Maybe best left to a professional alarm installer :

Texecom Premier Elite KIT-0005 Burglar Alarm System

Is the System NACOSS Approved?

A popular question as it’s the first question an insurance company will ask if you tell them an alarm system is fitted to the home.  All of the equipment sold conforms to the latest standards to allow an approved alarm installer to fit the system to NACOSS standards.  Without an approved professional installation the system will not be NACOSS approved.

Central Station Monitoring

Can I Link The System Up To The Police Station

This is where a central station will monitor the alarm system.  In the event of an alarm, the central station will contact the property in question first, if an inadequate response is received they will contact the police.  The system needs a professional to link it up via redcare or another secure means.  Local police are tightening policies regarding response to central station monitoring, some forces are insisting on visual verification to avoid false alarms and are striking off premises that have more than 3 false alarms from their approved lists. Therefore central station monitoring should be left to the professional alarm installer.

Can I Link To My Phone

Connecting to a phone or smartphone is now straightforward. Control not only your burglar alarm system with the Texecom Connect SmartCom but also other plug in appliances around the home like your table lamps or radio to give the appearance of the home being occupied.

Control Your Alarm Remotely

Texecom Connect SmartCom Wifi and Ethernet communicator

Now that you know a bit about home alarm systems, hopefully you will find it much easier to decide which type of protection you need for your house. Whatever system you choose you will be more secure with an alarm system fitted.  Check out the prices for security systems