Home security alarms
Home security alarms : make the right choice
Installing an alarm allows you to maximise your home security. Made up of sensors, alarms, a control panel and a central unit, you can choose from wired or wireless systems to suit your needs.
These safety devices differ in terms of the type of power used to supply them.
- As the name suggests, wired models are powered by the electricity network of the home. They are affordable and are often used in new builds as it is possible to plan out your cable routes.
- Wireless devices operate using batteries and communicate using radio waves. These alarm systems are popular (account for around 60% of total sales), especially for installation during renovations as they are easy to set up. Nevertheless, you will have to consider the signal range when making your choice..
Security systems vary in terms of the level of protection they offer, as defined by European standard BS EN 50131.
-Grade 1 devices are designed to protect against basic theft and intrusion. This type of equipment is sufficient for buildings containing low value objects.
- Grade 2 alarms are used for higher risk homes containing some valuables. They are also recommended for use in shops. Some insurance policies require the installation of this type of device.
- Grade 3 alarms are designed for high-risk households and commercial sites.
The equipment supplied includes different sensors to secure all entry points.
- Motion detectors may be included for volumetric protection. These devices activate the system if a person passes through the detection field.
- Window and door sensors secure your perimeter. These sensors activate the alarm when someone attempts to open a window or door.
- Vibration sensors are used to detect vibrations. These sensors set off the alarm if glass is broken or if someone attempts to pick your locks.
Some multi-purpose alarms may combine other devices, such as a:
- smoke detector;
- gas detector ;
- flood detector;
- power failure detector.
Each type of warning signal is designed for a specific purpose.
- The indoor siren emits a shrill sound to wake up occupants. In most cases, it also causes burglars to run away.
- The outdoor siren is equipped with a flash to alert your neighbours who, in turn, can call the police. If you live in a co-owned building, is advisable to check whether the regulations allow the installation of this type of device.
- A phone transfer system will call pre-registered numbers in case of an emergency. Some models are compatible with ADSL filters.
- A GSM transmitter will send a text alert to the occupant in case of an attempted break-in. This device is a good option for a second home.
In summary, your choice of home alarm will depend not only on your desired level of security, but also on the features you require.