How much does a house alarm cost?

Every 106 seconds a home gets broken into in the UK. This number is not only astonishing, but it is also scary. Our homes are our safe spaces and the idea of someone entering them without our permission is not even worth thinking about.

It is not only the financial implications of having your property and valuables stolen, but also the emotional toll that this will take on you.

It is for this very reason that every year more and more people are turning to house alarms. These can give us peace of mind, a sense of security and also act as a deterrent for potential intruders. 

Although it may be an expensive endeavour to purchase and install a burglar alarm it can be a worthwhile investment. Along with other measures, such as external lighting and CCTV, you can greatly reduce your chance of falling victim to an intruder. Keeping both you and your home as safe as possible. 

Are there different types of burglar alarms? 

As with many things. As technology has evolved, so too has the options of burglar alarms. Depending on your reasons for wanting one and your budget, there is literally something for everyone. 

The categories of alarms

  • Audible Only

An audible only alarm will not be connected to the police or nominated contacts. It is normally used for smaller houses or those wishing to use it as a deterrent for intruders.

Sensors are used, these can be motion activated or some are heat activated. When changes are detected whilst the alarm is set it will sound an alarm. Hopefully, this will alert someone to an intruder.

Since this isn’t a monitored system, it is dependent on the fact that if you are not at home, someone else will hear it and alert the police.

To set the alarm, and turn it off, you will need to either enter a code into the system or some do come with a key-fob that you can use instead of a code. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
May deter an intruderNo alerts to yourself or the police when the alarm is activated.
You are able to install this alarm yourself.If no one responds to the alarm then the intruder may not be deterred. 

The dialler will contact you or a nominated contact when the alarm is activated. Most systems allow you to program between three and ten contacts in priority order.

It will work through the numbers until someone responds. Some of these systems also come with an added feature of alerting you to other dangers such as a fire or flood. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
You will be alerted when the alarm is triggered.Your nominated contacts may not respond. 
No monthly monitoring costs.If you have a speech dialler you will need a landline. 
  • Smart Home Security

This system connects to your smartphone or tablet and to those of your family or nominated contacts.

You will be able to control your system whilst you are away from your home. Including motion sensors, cameras and light switches.

A standard system will only come with the main hub and a few motion sensors so you may find that you need to purchase extra sensors to cover your whole house. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Can be monitored and controlled from your phone.Can be expensive to purchase extra sensors. 
Can be installed by yourself or a professional. Your phone signal can affect whether you are altered when your alarm is triggered. 

Monitored alarms work by communicating with an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The ARC responds twenty four hours a day to all alarm activations. It does this by contacting you or your nominated contact, while also getting in touch with the police.

Although it is an automated software it is also staffed to ensure that there are no technology failures. A monitored alarm must be installed by an approved installer and the rules governing alarms are set by the National Police Chiefs Council.

Whether you have your alarm connected to the police or not you will have to pay a monthly or yearly payment to the monitoring company. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Alarm is continually monitored and will alert yourself, your nominated contacts or the police. Monthly or yearly payments required.
A dedicated company will always take action and if they fail they will be held liable. You are not able to instal this system yourself.

How much does an alarm cost?

All alarms vary greatly in price and are dependent on which type of system you choose. How many sensors are needed for your size home and if you opt to have key fobs also impact on the cost.

Audible only alarms that you can install yourself will range from £150-£300. Whereas a monitored alarm could cost between £500-£1000 for the installation and then up to £500 per year for the maintenance contract.

Several factors will affect the total price of your system such as the type of alarm system you choose, the size of your house and how many sensors you require. 

Although it may be an expensive endeavour to purchase and install a burglar alarm it can be a worthwhile investment. Along with other measures, such as external lighting and CCTV, you can greatly reduce your chance of falling victim to an intruder. Keeping both you and your home as safe as possible. 

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