Wireless Burglar Alarms – More information.
For a long time, the number of burglaries in Britain was reducing every year, then we were hit with recession and things have changed since then. Now, it is estimated that there is an average of 1500 burglaries a day in Britain, the importance of taking measures to protecting your home is more important than ever before. Having an alarm in your property makes a very considerable difference to the chances of getting burgled. Less than 1% of burglaries occur in homes with effective alarm systems. Also gone are the days of expensive and overly expensive alarm systems, which only the rich can afford.
With the introduction of wireless alarm systems, alarm systems became lot more affordable and easy to install. The costly and time consuming installation and the usual untidy finishes of wired alarms are no longer an issue either. The coming of age of wireless alarm technology means that there has never been a more practical and cost-effective way of keeping burglars where you want them – off your premises.
Wireless burglar alarms operate differently from their hard-wired counterparts in that the component parts (control panel, sensors and alarm) communicate via radio signals, rather than electrical wired connection across the whole system. This means no clumsy wiring, quick installation, reliable wireless signals communicating with each other consistency, no concerns of burglars trying to cut the cables off to stop alarms going off either.
Beyond this fundamental difference, the actual methods for detecting intrusion are common to both. In the majority of cases this is based on motion detection using Passive Infrared technology (which actually works by sensing the increased body heat of an intruder), sometimes combined with magnetic sensors attached to doors or windows that trigger an alarm when they are opened.
So the advantages of wireless burglar alarms can be summarised as following:
- There is none of the disruption (and potential damage) involved in installing a hard-wired alarm (e.g. removing floorboard, drilling, re-plastering etc.);
- the sensors can be placed almost anywhere – location is not dictated by complex wiring issues;
- they can be easily removed and re-installed in a different building (they are widely used by tenants in rented accommodation where landlords will not allow alterations);
- additional sensors can be added easily, e.g. if a building is extended or the security level needs changing. You can also convert your burglar alarm by changing a few sensors to make it pet friendly, should you choose to get a pet at a later date.
- A lot of non-typical alarm accessories can be added to enhance the use of system. Panic buttons, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, home automation solutions (only available in certain models of alarms).
Wireless burglar alarm technology has developed significantly in recent years, and is now widely considered to be just as reliable as that of wired alarm systems. Some of the issues of signal interference when first introduced reported way back from wireless doorbells and baby monitors have all been eliminated by leading manufacturers.
Wireless alarms are ideal for houses and small to medium commercial premises and public buildings. Cost of wireless alarm systems have reduced over the years and comparing the cost of installation, they have become the preferred alarm system over wired alarm systems in recent years. There are wireless alarm systems to suit every budget, with the range of functionalities and accessories to match.
The more sophisticated wireless alarms can include features such as:
- A combination of intrusion detection methods based on magnetic sensors that detect the opening of external doors or windows, and motion sensors to detect movement inside the premises.
- The capacity to add on additional functionality to detect smoke, gas leaks or flooding.
- The sending of automated warning messages by phone, text or email.
- Integration with a telephone and panic alarm system for elderly or disabled users.
- The ability to allow pets to roam freely without triggering the alarm.
With the rate of unemployment and other social issues, burglary rates are not expected to come down in the near future, and hence demand for wireless alarm systems are on the rise. To get a wireless alarm fitted, and to have any questions you have about the alarm systems we have answered, contact us.