How to Pick the Best Burglar Alarm for Your Home

BY Allconnect Inc | Mon Sep 10, 2012

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Burglar alarms should be one of the most important parts of any security system. However, when picking the best burglar alarm for your home, it’s important to weigh up a range of features, as well as understanding some of the more recent advances made in terms of intruder technology. Moreover, it’s worth thinking about which burglar alarm is best for your home situation, and whether you need some of the more cutting edge features. While ensuring a high level of safety through reliable technology is important, it’s also worth being practical in considering the extent of features that you require, and how you might scale up your choice over time.

1 – Essential Features

A basic burglar alarm should be built around an outside alarm wired through to a control box, which can be set up to respond to break in’s and excessive pressure through doors and windows. Burglar alarms should be straightforward enough to configure without creating the risk of going off for minor occurrences, and should be reliable enough to last a long time once installed. Even at the cheapest end of the burglar alarm range, your system should be able to emit a silent or audible alarm to signal danger, and to call out a security specialist. Not having these features, or having a burglar alarm that is out of date, and not regularly tested, only puts you at risk in the event of a break in.

2 – Advanced Features

Those wanting a more specialist form of burglar alarm should weigh up some of the more advanced features that are available on the market. Particular features include infrared detection features, as well as precise motion detectors. Ideally, a burglar alarm should also be connected up to a broader security system that can detect sudden changes in temperature, glass breaking, and attempted cuts to an electrical system. Some burglar alarms can also be bought that detect and are able to differentiate between seismic disturbances like earthquakes, and an actual break in.

Many burglar alarms are now designed to be wireless, which reduces the risk of burglars cutting a wired alarm when they break into your home. Wireless technology can also continue to emit signals on a battery if the power is cut. Having a wireless system similarly means that you can access it via your smartphone or laptop from a distance. You could also be able to use wireless signals to activate additional security features like interior alarms.

3 – Suitability for Your Home

As important as it is to have a burglar alarm and security system that features a range of cutting edge technologies, you may find yourself overdoing it. Some features like motion detection can be a problem if you live in a busy street, or within an apartment building. An expensive security system is worth the cost if you’re concerned about crime in your area, or if you need to be away from your property for a long period of time. In this context, it’s worth considering a security report on your home and the area, which can give you a better indication of the kind of burglar alarm you need, or may be able to upgrade to in the future.

Author Bio:
Sebastian recommends that when you’re in the market for burglar alarms that you make sure you factor in features as well as cost when making a purchase, as additional features could save your life.

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