Which Home Alarm Systems should you choose?
Like many homeowners, you need a Home Alarm Systems but you are unsure where to start, yes you can pick up a phone and ask a security alarm company to advise you, but without a starting knowledge of what you want, can you be sure if the advice you get is tailored to your needs.
At Logic Security we believe in total transparency, so before you decide to pick up the phone to contact us, let us give you an overview of the Home Alarm Systems currently within the marketplace.
Wireless Alarm or Hard Wired Alarms
Wireless Home Alarm
Wireless Alarm Systems are as the name suggests, wireless! In terms of an installation and disturbance within your home while installing, there is a very little compared to a Wired Alarm. No need to lift carpets, drill holes in walls or move furniture.
In general, installation costs are reduced compared to a Wired Alarm installation. Additionally, they can be temporally removed for decoration purposes or if you move home, you can easily take your Home Alarm System with you.
Hard Wired Home Alarms
Hard Wired Home Alarms are generally considered more robust. They generally require less maintenance. Installation may cause a little more disturbance within your home, a cable may need to be hid behind walls or under the carpet, though a professional certified installer should provide a full professional service and when finished, you should see little evidence of the work done. Generally, with the addition of hiding wires within a Hard Wired Home Alarms installation, costs may be slightly higher for installation.
Audible Alarm Only Home Alarm or Monitored Home Alarm Systems
Audible Alarm Only Home Alarm
An Audible Alarm Only Home Alarm (bell only alarm) activates an external siren when triggered. While this noise will be very noticeable, quite often people (neighbours, passers-by) may choose to ignore the alarm. Within a neighborhood that has a home watch scheme, an Audible Alarm Only Home Alarm may be more than suitable. Additionally, if you have a close neighbor that will be home while you are out, an Audible Alarm Only Home Alarm would work.
Additionally, with an Audible Alarm Only Home Alarm, An Garda Síochána will only respond if a third party such as a neighbour or passer-by notifies them of any potential home break in.
Monitored Home Alarm Systems
Monitored Home Alarm Systems is connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to an alarm monitoring centre. If the alarm is triggered, the alarm will communicate and notify the alarm monitoring centre, in turn the alarm monitoring centre will notify both / or the appropriate key-holders for the property and An Garda Síochána.
There is a small annual fee charged for the monitoring service provided with Monitored Home Alarm System.
Professionally Installed Alarms
Without a doubt, at Logic Security we would advocate you use a professionally certified installer to install your Home Alarm. From the initial on-site survey, a professional installer will both identify and assess security vulnerabilities and ensure any Home Alarm System installed will meet your exact requirements, ensuring a safe secure home.
An Garda Síochána Policy on Monitored Intruder Alarms states that all Alarm Monitoring Centres should be certified to the current Irish Standard IS. 228 and Intruder Alarm Installation Companies and installations must be certified to the relevant Irish or European Standard in relation to Intruder Alarms.
With the information above, we hope that gives you some insight in the process of choosing which Home Alarm system suits your needs.
To discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us at Logic Security, we are always happy to offer further advice and or discuss a potential solution for your Home Alarm requirements.