Choosing An Intruder Alarm
There are a number of issues you should consider when choosing an intruder or burglar alarm, and these are outlined below:
- Always make sure you buy a trade-approved alarm; that is one carrying a British Standard BS6707 kite mark. If you have it installed by a professional you should also check that they meet the BS4737 standards.
- The British Security Industry Association advises homeowners to use a professional alarm installation company, which is registered with a police recognised "alarm inspectorate". When contacting prospective installers ask to see their trade membership, and if they are a member of either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), ICON, or the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), then they should be a reliable, professional company.
- If you choose to install a burglar alarm yourself then you should be aware than the DIY type of alarm may not be quite as reliable as a professional system. However, just having an alarm can act as a deterrent and make your home more secure by making thieves think twice about breaking into your home. But fitting a DIY alarm is relatively straight forward and all come with detailed fitting instructions – just be careful on that ladder!
- Before you choose which alarm you are going to use, contact your home insurance company because some will offer discounts on your premium depending which type of alarm you have installed. This could, at the very least, make you choice a little easier.