Intruder Alarms: How To Install Them Effectively

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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.