Intruder Alarms: How To Install Them Effectively

Safeguard Your Property With Innovative Detection Technology

Burglar alarms are an important means of deterring criminals from targeting your property and are most effective when installed using these tips. 

A burglary takes place every 40 seconds in the UK, according to Crime Stoppers. Those who have been on the receiving end of this type of crime will suffer the inconvenience of replacing valuables and dealing with their insurance company to facilitate a payout. But more importantly, the experience of being a victim of robbery is incredibly traumatic, particularly if you’ve been home during the burglary.

Intruder alarms, also known as burglar alarms, are an effective means of protecting your property. In fact, 60% of convicted burglars acknowledged that they would be deterred if a home has an intruder alarm system installed. However, to get the most from your system, it’s important that you know how it should be installed.  

Using Multiple Detection Devices

The best way to prevent burglars from entering your property is to protect it on multiple fronts. As burglars will usually break in through the door or window, you should consider adding glass-break sensors to your windows and the glass on any doors. You might also incorporate Passive Infrared and microwave technologies as a dual system to work against intrusion. This relies on the placement of sensors around your home, which will sound the alarm if the microwaves are interrupted by a moving object in the room, or if the temperature changes due to a new presence.

Best Places For Motion Sensors

There’s a certain art to working out the best placement for your motion sensors; an intruder alarms Essex team explains that you’ll want to position a sensor at each of your main entry points, as well as in hallways, stairways and usually at least one in each room of the house. You might want an extra sensor in blind spots which are obscured from sight by trees, or a neighbouring fence for example, as these may create a tempting break-in prospect for thieves – remember, this won’t always be a ground-floor access point as burglars may use a ladder to gain entrance if they can rely on not being spotted by a member of the public.

Remember with your PIR sensors, that they’re susceptible to false alarms if a temperature change causes them to trigger, so with this in mind, keep the sensors out of the way of an air vent which can affect their operation.

Testing The Sensors

Once the sensors are in position, comprehensive testing will need to take place to ensure that the entire setup works as planned. For this, a walkthrough should occur, making sure that each sensor point is triggered by any activity that could relate to a break-in. If a single sensor isn’t activated then this will leave your entire intrusion detection vulnerable, particularly if the sensor is pointing at one of your main entry points.

It may be tempting to install a home DIY intrusion detection system, but the reality is that when it comes to home security, you need to use a professional installation team to make sure there are no flaws in your setup. Once your intruder alarm is installed, you’ll have maximum peace of mind that your property is protected, and you can even save money on home insurance too.

What Makes A Good Building Surveyor?

How to build a successful career in building surveying

Good communications skills, an analytical mind, IT proficiency and the right qualifications are all essential to forging a successful career as a building surveyor.

Building surveyors play an important role in the construction industry. Simply speaking, a building surveyor is responsible for assessing the quality of a building, examining its condition and providing expert advice on how to preserve or improve its condition. However, in reality there is lot more to surveying than this, and it offers a stimulating and rewarding career for the right person.

But what do you need to forge a career in building surveying? We spoke to surveying firm Pridmore Cox to find out what makes a good building surveyor.

The right qualifications

The first thing you need to become a good building surveyor is the right qualifications.

Building surveying is open to all graduates, but a degree in building surveying or other related subject such as urban and land studies or geography, combined with technical knowledge, will improve your prospects. Ideally you should try and study one of the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) accredited property or construction-related degrees as this will enable you to take the required training to progress to the status of chartered surveyor, which will increase the career opportunities available to you. You can also choose to get qualified on the job with a RICS apprenticeship.

Surveying is a constantly-moving industry so, once you are working as a surveyor, you will need to show a commitment to continued professional development in order to remain at the forefront of your field.

However, while qualifications are undoubtedly important, there are other things you need in order to succeed in a building surveying career.

Good communication skills

As a building surveyor you will be expected to deal with lots of different people – from advising clients on projects and planning applications, to instructing architects, and even acting as an expert witness in court – so good communication abilities and strong interpersonal skills are a must. Your written communication skills also need to be up to scratch as a large part of the role will involve preparing detailed presentations and reports.

An analytical mind

Building surveying is all about assessing situations and coming up with solutions to problems, so any good building surveyor will need to have an analytical mindset. As you will be working on several projects at once it is also essential that you have excellent organisational skills and can multi-task effectively – as any mistakes or oversights could potentially prove very costly to your clients.

IT skills

A large part of building surveying involves preparing scheme designs for projects and plans, and for this you will need to be competent in technical programmes such as computer-aided design (CAD). More generally, it is also important to have a good level of IT proficiency, especially in popular programmes such as Microsoft Office.

Commerical awareness

Building surveyors provide advice and guidance in a number of different areas, and a good building surveyor will be able to display a sound level of business instinct and commercial awareness, as well as possessing some knowledge on certain aspects of law and economics. Basically, surveyors need to know a little bit about everything!


Last but certainly not least, the best building surveyors have an interest in and passion for the industry. While building surveying is an interesting, varied and mentally stimulating job, at the same time it can also be incredibly demanding and, at times, rather stressful – but having a genuine love for the job can help to see you through any difficult times.