Is it worth getting a burglar alarm?

Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones that has never had your home broken into and fingers crossed you never will.

A common question amongst homeowners is should they invest in a burglar alarm? For those that have never been burgled an alarm may be low down on your list of priorities.

However, should you invest in one? Or is it just an expensive deterrent?

NOTE :The most important thing to note is that there are several types of burglar alarms. All with different functions and varying costs. So you should be able to find one that works with your budget.

They all have their advantages and disadvantages and which one you decide to go for will depend on what you actually want it to do. 

Along with other measures such as CCTV and outside lighting, even the smallest alarm system could go a long way in protecting your home and bringing you a sense of security. That is something that you cannot put a price tag on. 

What types of alarms are there? 

Audible Alarm Only

This is a basic type of alarm that is often the cheapest option.

Sensors are placed around your home and when the alarm is set. Any unwanted changes such as motion or heat, are picked up and the alarm is sounded.

As this is a basic option you will not be alerted so it is very much dependent on whether a neighbour, or someone passing, will hear the alarm and alert the police.

In some cases this alarm will be enough to scare the intruder off or hopefully deter them from attempting the break-in in the first place. Although, this cannot be guaranteed. 

Dialler Burglar Alarm

When the alarm is raised the dialler will contact you, or your nominated contact. This is to alert you to an intruder.

Most models will allow you to program three to ten contacts, in priority order. The dialler will work through these contacts until someone is reached. 

Smart Home Security

This alarm will connect to your smartphone, or tablet, and those of your contacts.

Not only will you be contacted when the alarm is raised, but you can also control the system from your phone. Including the motion sensors, cameras and light switches.

A standard system will come with the main hub and a few sensors. So you may need to purchase more sensors to cover your entire house. 

Monitored Alarm

This is the most sophisticated type of alarm and can only be installed by a professional.

You will pay a monthly or yearly fee and your alarm is monitored twenty four hours a day. Your alarm communicates with an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), which is also staffed to ensure no technological failures. When the alarm is raised not only will the monitoring company contact you but they can also alert the police. 

I live in a small house. Do I need a burglar alarm?

When most people think of burglaries, they imagine that the intruder is breaking into a large house and looking to steal your television, laptops and expensive jewellery. Although this is true in many cases. More and more often, they are looking for your personal identity such as your passport, bank statements, documents and your car keys.

You may feel like a monitored alarm is too much but even the smallest of houses would benefit from an audible alarm or dialler alarm

I’m home most of the day so I don’t need an alarm

In three out of every ten burglaries the homeowner is at home during the break in. It is a thought that doesn’t even bear thinking about.

Some alarms come with a panic button that alerts the police if you are home during a break in. This type of added function could bring you peace of mind that you cannot put a price on. 

I live in a nice area. I don’t think we have many burglaries here

Studies show that 47% of burglaries are not pre planned and happen on the spur of the moment.

Having a visible alarm can be a massive deterrent to a potential intruder.

Most intruders will attempt their break-in during day time hours as they know most families are at work or school. They work very quickly and can be in and out within minutes.

My neighbours are home all day so an alarm is pointless

Intruders are sneaky and will not announce what they are about to do.

If they do manage to gain access to your home and the alarm is sounded. Then hopefully your neighbours will hear this and alert the police. 

I have a dog. He is louder than any alarm

Although a dog can act as a deterrent. Your beloved pooch could be shut into a room by the intruder or even hurt. Which could have devastating consequences.

There will also be times when you are all out of the house, including your dog, such as during a holiday or even a simple walk. It is never advised to rely on your pet as a burglar alarm

Although having a burglar alarm will not guarantee that your home will never be broken into. It can go a long way to not only deterring potential intruders, but also helping you to feel safe.

In almost all cases of burglaries the homeowner is shocked and didn’t think it would ever happen to them.

Along with other measures such as CCTV and outside lighting, even the smallest alarm system could go a long way in protecting your home and bringing you a sense of security. That is something that you cannot put a price tag on.  

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