Five Questions to Ask before Choosing a House Alarm
Protecting your family, your home and your belongings from the threat of intruders is often a high priority, with many people taking extra steps to ensure their property is fully secured. From strong, dead-bolted doors to motion detecting lights, the security options available are varied enough to suit all environments.
However, when it comes to choosing a house alarm, there are a number of things to look out for to ensure that you end up with the right solution to your property’s needs.
1. Which Security Company to Use?
It’s not a coincidence that this is question one on the list, as getting this wrong could render all other considerations immaterial. Choose your alarm installer carefully, checking for relevant accreditations as well as looking into their reputation within the industry. All good security companies will be able to provide references on request, and should not rely on the use of subcontractors to carry out work.
2. Which Type of Alarm do I Need?
While your security company will be able to provide you with advice and assistance for this decision, having an idea in your head before you start will certainly help. With technology constantly improving, remote and wireless alarms now provide an effective solution, with a number of sensor triggers and keypad operation options available. Monitored alarms are ideal for those who are regularly away from home, as all incidents are monitored from a central location and key holders or, in some cases, the police are notified in the event of a triggered alarm. Some alarm companies provide this monitoring service themselves.
3. How does my Home’s Layout Affect my Alarm Needs?
Having an idea about where your home is most vulnerable will help to determine the alarm that you choose. Take all possible access points into account, including front doors, back doors, windows and garages, and consider alarm options accordingly in relation to motion sensors, window triggers and other components.
4. Are you Moving Soon?
If you have plans to move house within the short- to midterm future, this doesn’t mean you should hold off on securing your current home. Speak to your security provider about installing an alarm system that can be easily transferred to your new property when you decide to move on.
5. What Additional Security Features do I Need?
Home security doesn’t stop with residential burglar alarms. While an alarm plays a highly important role in any security system, when used in conjunction with other security features your property becomes far less vulnerable to intruders. Consider door entry systems – ideal for flats – to monitor those entering the building, or CCTV to act as both a visible deterrent and to gather evidence in the event of a break-in.
With decades of experience in the industry, the expert team at AAI Security Systems are on hand to provide advice and assistance to help you select the best alarm for your property. With free home visits available to assess your requirements, you can be sure you’re in good hands with our NSI-accredited team. Get in touch with AAI today to find out more or to book your home survey.