Let your business reap the benefits of a professionally designed, installed and maintained intruder alarm systems, say’s Kay Burgess of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).
Intruder alarms are extremely effective security devices for all properties. There are huge benefits to be gained from a professionally designed, installed and maintained intruder alarm systems. Note the three key words: designed, installed and maintained.
Designed – a system fitted by an alarm technician from the same company as the surveyor that designed.
Maintained – a system inspected and serviced at regular intervals by the installing company. Insurance discounts are usually conditional upon a current maintenance contract.
Don’t worry about all the confusing information you’ve heard about alarm doors contacts. ‘Magic eyes’ and infra-red sensors. None of these things involve any magic. A reputable installer will give you nothing more than the equipment you need and tell you everything you need to know about how it works, which is very little.
Professionally supplied intruder alarms come in two basic types: ‘bells only’, and monitored’.
As their name suggest. A’ bells-only’ alarm is designed to activate a bell or, more usually these days, a siren in case of intrusion, but there is no direct link to the police. If an alarm is not monitored, the police will only respond to its activation if there is additional evidence that crime is in progress, such as an eyewitness report of a break-in.
The most effective alarm system relays alarm activations line to a private monitoring station. The line is continually monitored and if continually monitored and if and activation occurs, 24 hr operators can notify can notify the local police. Special signalling options are available to activate the alarm if anyone cuts the line.
A basic monitored alarm costs relatively little more to install than a bells-only system, although an annual maintenance and monitoring contract is mandatory to qualify for police response.
As for false alarms, modern systems tend to be user friendly and should not cause problems provided they are well maintained. Despite this, your installer should give you practical on how to use false activations. Also, a professional installed system will incorporate an automatic cutout that will silence the alarm after a set amount of time.
Large numbers of people have installed DIY intruder alarms, purchased for £150 or less, with expectation that an alarm is an alarm. However, the low price means that the best equipment is rarely, if ever, qualified for police response through a 24 hour monitoring station.
An alarm installed by a professional alarm installer is much more likely to offer the best protection for your property, and is therefore the best value option.
For information contact: BSIA help line on Tel: 01905 21464 during normal office hours or visit the website at www.bsia.co.uk
National Inspection Council For Electrical Instillations. Tel: 0171 564 23 23
NACOSS, Tel: 0171 564 2323
Fax: 01628 773367
Electrical Contractors Association: 0171 313 4800