House Alarm – What to Consider

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Investing in your home security by fitting a house alarm will help secure your home and offer you peace of mind. It may also help reduce the cost of your home insurance – making it a steal! (See what we did there?)

What house alarm should you choose?
  1. Bells only and dialler alarms: 

A bells-only house alarm is all bells and no whistles. It’ll make lots of noise which will hopefully disturb any intruders and/or alert neighbours’ attention, but they won’t contact the Gardai or a keyholder when it goes off. Dialler alarms, however, automatically dial keyholders’ numbers when the alarm is set off.

  1. Monitored alarm system:

A monitored alarm system uses telephone or mobile lines, sensors and sometimes cameras to help keep a home secure. The company monitoring the alarm system will notify emergency services or keyholders when the alarm or sensors are triggered. Bear in mind, however, that in addition to the initial cost of installation, you will also pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

  1. Smart home security systems

Smart home security systems contact you when the alarm goes off through a smartphone or tablet app. It is another type of monitored alarm system and also entails a monthly or annual contract. As this type of system connects to your smartphone or tablet, you can control your security system from your phone, wherever you are in the world.

What are the alternatives?

If your budget can’t stretch to a fitted or monitored alarm, there are other ways to fortify your home security. Investing in doors, windows and locks can make a big contribution to home safety. Consider adding sensor lights, door peep holes, door chains and bolts as well as extra secure locks on your windows.

Some security experts suggest replacing front and back doors with steel framed security doors, but these can be quite expensive. A pull-up security bar which can be installed to front and back doors offers resistance to burglars and will hopefully deter them from going any further.

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