Burglar Alarms

Burglar alarms and intruder alarm systems are available to suit a wide range of budgets. Basic DIY alarms start at around 100, while those with more advanced features are available at higher price points.


DIY Burglar Alarms & Intruder Alarms


Government research has shown that around 60% of attempted burglaries on homes fitted with an alarm are unsuccessful. If your home does not have an alarm, a DIY installed system can provide a very cost effective improvement to home security.


Wireless alarm systems in which the various components such as the control panel, movement sensors and bell box communicate via radio frequencies are simple to set up and can be installed in just a few hours. Basic alarms can be purchased with extra modules available to extend functions and coverage as required.

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For details of suppliers of DIY security systems, visit our alarms directory.
Professionally Installed Security Systems

To ensure maximum protection from your alarm, professional advise and expert installation should be sort. Many insurance companies stipulate that an alarm should be installed and maintained by a company accredited by one of the nationally recognised security regulatory bodies, such as NACOSS, BSIA or SSAIB in order to qualify for discounts on annual premiums, or for cover to be offered in some cases.


To find an alarm installation and maintenance company in your local area, visit our alarms directory. The companies listed are able to offer advise and design a system to match your requirements.

Monitored Alarms and Security Systems

Alarm Receiving Centre


If you need to protect particularly valuable property or an isolated building, it may be worth investing in a monitored alarm system. In the event of an alarm activation the alarm system automatically contacts an Alarm Receiving Centre who can then alert key holders, security patrols or the police. 

Monitored alarms operate through a  variety of mechanisms including:


BT RedCARE Intelligent Alarm Signaling - through the use of non-dialling technology (no call charges) which continuously monitors the phone line, an alarm receiving centre is alerted in the event of an alarm activation or a disruption to the telephone connection.


Digital Communicator - a standard telephone links the alarm system with an Alarm Receiving Centre. In the event of an alarm activation the connection is made by the alarm system dialling a dedicated number and transmitting a high speed coded message. This data provides specific details of the alarm type/location and identity of the premises.


DualCom Vodaphone Paknet - uses a combination of standard telephone technology and a radio connection to alert an alarm receiving centre to an activation. Should one communication link fail or being disrupted, an alert will be issued automatically by the alarm system.


Audio and CCTV Monitoring - Advanced alarm systems include an audio link, allowing the alarm receiving centre to hear any activity within a building in the event of an alarm activation, to confirm that an intruder is present and pass on vital details to assist the police in their response. Some alarms also incorporate CCTV technology to extend the monitoring capability to provide a visual confirmation of a genuine activation.



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