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    Alarm installation prices

    The average cost of supplying and installing a home security system is around

    This type of job will normally take around 1-2 days

    £500

    Protecting your home against opportunistic thieves is important to keep possessions safe and for peace of mind. When it comes to burglar alarms and security systems, the mantra is "It's better to be safe than sorry". Fitting a burglar alarm can act as a deterrent if your alarm is visible and will also give you a warning if you do have intruders. In addition, if you do fit the right security measures, you may find that your home insurance premium falls.

    Burglar alarms and home security systems vary in cost tremendously, but whichever system you choose, make sure it is fitted by an installer that is professionally accredited. Security lights can also deter burglars by making them more visible and home CCTV is becoming more popular for the security-conscious.

    Top of the range security systems will integrate an intruder alarm with lighting and CCTV, but this will obviously cost more. According to the police, you should only use alarm installation companies that are registered and inspected by the British Security Industry Association, the National Security Inspectorate, or the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

    Average alarm installation costs

    Job Description Duration Material Cost Labour Cost
    For a siren only alarm system 4 PIR’s, 6 door and window sensors, 2 panic buttons, professionally fitted 1 day £325 £175
    DIY wireless alarm systems 2 hours £200 £0
    Fully monitored or police calling alarm system, connected to your local police control room 2 days £450 £300
    Having a CCTV system installed in your home 1 day £300 £175

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    Things to consider regarding home security

    Installing a good home security system is obviously a great idea and will improve security, but there are plenty of other (much cheaper) things you can do to make your home less attractive to burglars. Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting all about security once you have an alarm installed! For example, you should always keep expensive gadgets like laptops and smartphones out of view and away from windows, especially ground floor windows. The same goes for tools and gardening equipment, keep everything out of sight and securely locked up when not in use.

    Don’t keep large amounts of cash in the house and never leave a spare key under a mat or plant pot. On the subject of keys, don’t leave them in the lock, keep them in a safe place (also when you first move in and pick up the keys, have the locks changed as a priority – you have no idea how many sets of keys exist for those locks nor who has them!). You could also consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or something similar.

    Furthermore, it is beyond stupid to fit an expensive alarm system and have cheap old fashioned locks on your doors that can easily be overcome! All entry doors should be fitted with a five-lever mortice deadlock that conforms to BS3621 standards as a minimum. It’s also a good idea to fit all ground-floor windows with locks too and check the fine print on your home insurance policy to make sure all your locks are up to the required standard – otherwise your insurance company may not pay out in the event of a burglary.

    Doing it Yourself

    If you are a DIY enthusiast and feel confident that you can install your own alarm system, then this is certainly possible as long as you have the necessary skills and experience. There are a growing number of retailers which now offer DIY alarm system kits with full fitting instructions. Wireless alarm systems are a good choice for the DIY enthusiast as they are simpler to install than hard-wired systems as there are no cables to run under flooring or plastered into walls. Wireless alarm systems in the UK operate in either the 433MHz or the 868MHz frequency band, with some switchable between both bands.

    Wired alarms involve much more work and really should be fitted by a professional because all the wires have to be hidden which takes forever, plus every mistake you make can be very costly! Though hard-wired home security systems tend to also be more robust and reliable than wireless alarms. However, wireless alarms use battery-powered sensors that are not only easier to install, they’re easier to remove too so are also portable and you can take them with you if you move house!

    The main problem with DIY alarm installation, however, is insurance companies. Unfortunately, many insurers will insist on the home security systems being installed by a professional and accredited installer so they know it has been done correctly. So if you are planning on doing a DIY home alarm installation, then make sure you double check with your insurance company before you do anything else!

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    Home security checklist

    • Check your insurance policy to see the level of security expected for your cover
    • You're less likely to become a victim of burglary if you have a professionally fitted burglar alarm
    • Smart home security systems connect to your smartphone so you be alerted when the alarm is triggered
    • Choosing the right home security system is no easy task

    Hiring a Tradesman Checklist

    • Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
    • Never pay the full amount upfront.
    • Get the quote in writing.
    • For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
    • On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
    • Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
    • Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.

    FAQ's

    Will I need permission to install home security measures?
    If you live in a rented property you will need the landlord’s consent, in addition, some listed buildings may require planning permission depending on the type of measures you are planning. With outdoor CCTV cameras, it is highly recommended you speak to your neighbours first to let them know your plans.
    I have been asked required to nominate a keyholder for my security alarm system – what is a keyholder?
    A keyholder is simply someone who can act on your behalf if you are not unavailable when your alarm is activated. Usually, a neighbour or friend who lives nearby and can check the property and deal with the Police if an alarm is activated.
    Do I need a monitored alarm system?
    A monitored alarm system is the most sophisticated and expensive type of home security system available and is a good option if you want complete peace of mind. However, this type of sophisticated system does have a price tag to match!
    Do alarm systems really deter burglars?
    Yes, burglars do prefer homes without security systems as they are a lower risk to them and easier to break into. So a visible alarm can help deter thieves but will not completely eliminate the possibility of a robbery, just greatly reduce the chances of being burgled.
    What other steps I can take to prevent my house from being burgled?
    Ensure all openings (doors and windows) have decent locks on them. Don't leave doors or windows open if the property is unoccupied. Make sure doors and frames are substantial to prevent forced entry and windows should be double or triple glazed making them much harder to smash through.

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