Guide to burglar alarm systems

Maya Driver

Many people think that burglar alarms are a nuisance when they go off during the day for no apparent reason and rarely does anyone think to call the police when they hear one. So why should you get one in your house? Firstly, depending on what type you get, they can be a deterrant or they can automatically call the police. Secondly, having an alarm can reduce your home insurance premiums. If you're thinking of getting an alarm fitted, check out the most popular related searches below.

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It's more important than ever to ensure the security of your home. Since the recession began, the number of UK burglaries uncreased by 4% and with more targeted burglaries taking place due to sharing personal details on social networking websites, any extra precautions you can take to protect your home and belongings are not a waste of time. Of course, as well as getting burglar alarms fitted, take care when using sites such as Bebo, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Mentioning that you will be going on holiday may alert potential burglars that your home will be empty for a while.

There are three types of alarm you can choose from. First there is a dummy alarm, which is cheap but only acts as a deterrant to amateur burglars. Plus this alarm won't qualify for insurance discounts. Next there is the bell-only alarm. These are quite effective but the law states that these alarms must have a 20-minute cut off function meaning that if the alarm goes ignored, it will be useless. Finally there are monitored alarms. These send a signal to a centre which will then call your home and ask for a password. If the password isn't given or the phonecall isn't answered, someone that you have nominated will be warned or the police will be called.

If you decide to have an alarm installed make sure it is approved by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) or the National Security Inspectorate (NSI). This way you'll be certain your alarm will work efficiently and you can have peace of mind (and cheaper insurance!)