Burglar Alarms – How They Work


A high quality, professionally fitted and well-maintained security system is a very effective way of protecting your property against break-ins, theft, and vandalism. A burglar alarm gives an urgent warning that crime against your property may be taking place, making them a valuable investment for homes and businesses.

What Are Burglar Alarms Used For?

Burglar alarms are a popular choice for residential properties, but there are other settings in which burglar alarms are an asset. These include:

  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Offices
  • Garages
  • Outhouses
  • Care homes
  • Shops
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, hotels, and restaurants
  • Leisure centres
  • Storage facilities

Types of Burglar Alarms

The four main types of burglar alarm:

Monitored systems – Signals are sent from the burglar alarm system alerting a specific call centre, who will contact the property owner and the police. This is an excellent option for commercial properties; however, it does involve an annual fee.

Bells-only systems – An alarm is set off, alerting anyone in the vicinity. This is designed to scare off criminals and raise awareness of criminal activity. This type of alarm is best suited to low-risk properties.

Wireless System – Battery operated systems that are quick and easy to install, but you must ensure batteries are changed as needed. These systems use radio signals to communicate with a control panel.

Wired System – This uses electric sensors which are linked to a control panel. Wiring must be safely hidden upon installation, so you must use a professional security specialist, such as A Matter Of Security. They require little maintenance and are exceptionally reliable.

How Burglar Alarms Operate

Whichever burglar alarm system suits your premises, most alarms operate similarly. Alarm systems comprise several electrical components that link to a property. They can detect the opening of windows and doors and movement using sensors. An alarm is sounded once these sensors are triggered.

If your alarm is linked to a control panel, they will be alerted once the alarm is set off. If your alarm is deactivated with a code swiftly due to a false alarm, no action will be taken. Some alarm systems can be activated and deactivated remotely using smartphones.

Burglar alarms remain one of the best ways to deter criminals and ensure you are quickly alerted to criminal activity on your premises.

For information on the specialist security services we provide at A Matter Of Security, contact us on 01708 572248.

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