Why Pay Attention to a Broken Burglar Alarm?
Burglar alarm systems play a major role in all security setups, whether for homes or commercial properties. Acting as a visual and audible deterrent to opportunistic intruders, as well as alerting those in the vicinity to a break-in in progress, the benefits that alarms bring to all-round security are untold.
That’s why it’s highly important to ensure that any fault with a burglar alarm is rectified immediately in order to maintain maximum security levels at all times.
Signs of a Faulty Alarm
With the technology available today, many alarm systems are equipped to provide some form of notification when they are malfunctioning. Simple faults are often accompanied by some kind of signal by the alarm system, such as an intermittent beep (usually indicating a battery that is running out somewhere within the system, or a malfunction indicated due to an obscured sensor).
More complex issues are harder to spot, however, and can often lead to complete failure or multiple false alarms. Many alarm panels will have some way of displaying specific faults that can be interpreted by an alarm technician, whether there is a problem with the triggering, sensors, electrics, sounders, circuitry that’s gone “open circuit” or other components.
Why Fix a Broken Alarm?
Apart from the obvious need to ensure that security is at an optimum level at the property at all times, fixing a broken or malfunctioning alarm is important for a wide range of reasons.
The majority of burglaries in the UK are still as a result of forced entry (as opposed to doors/windows being left open or other instances of negligence from the property owner), making the job of an effective security alarm that much more vital.
If your insurance rate is calculated to include the increased security offered by a burglar alarm, then having a faulty or inoperational system could violate the terms of your insurance agreement, leaving you highly vulnerable in the event of a break-in. Many insurance companies consider a faulty alarm to be a similar situation to not setting an alarm when leaving the house, something that would certainly negate most insurance claims.
While fixing a faulty alarm is an important way of keeping security at an optimum level, prevention is always better than cure. Prevention in this case means regular maintenance, something that can be provided by most high quality security companies, such as AAI Security Systems. During maintenance visits, engineers will check and test all parts of the burglar alarm system, from sounders and control panels to sensors and electrical/battery powered elements.
Regular upkeep, once or twice a year, of your system and its component parts will help to avoid any malfunction, and many insurance companies will insist upon it as part of an agreement.
With decades of experience in the industry, AAI Security Systems are on hand to provide first rate repairs and upkeep of alarm systems throughout London and the Home Counties. The best way to ensure that your alarm system doesn’t suffer faults or breakdowns is to arrange for a regular maintenance contract with us. AAI provide maintenance for all alarms we install, and our experts can even take over maintenance of an existing system. Get in touch today for more information.