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Types of Burglar Alarms

Domestic Burglar Alarms

Domestic burglar alarms fall into two broad categories: ‘wired’ and ‘wireless’ systems. Provided your house is already prewired for an alarm, wired alarm systems tend to be less expensive than wireless systems. However, this may not hold true if your home requires wiring. Most new houses will be already set up with the appropriate wiring in place for a burglar alarm. On the other hand, most wireless systems operate using batteries which need to be changed every few years and transmit signals via a radio frequency. Generally speaking, if your house is wired for an alarm then it is best to opt for a wired system.

Within each category of alarm (wired or wireless) there are two further types of system: audible-only or remotely monitored. An audible-only alarm operates by sounding a siren or bell when the alarm is activated, and relies on the noise the alarm makes to deter burglars and alert owners to the fact that a robbery is being attempted. Remotely monitored systems are connected to the outside world via a phone line. This is usually a landline but can also be a mobile network, although this may be more expensive. Remotely monitored systems also emit the sound of a siren when activated; however they additionally send a signal to a central monitoring station which informs you, a nominated keyholder and/or the Gardaí that the alarm has been activated.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ strategy when it comes to choosing a house alarm, as much depends on your own individual circumstances. For example, if you are living in an isolated area with few neighbours, then a remotely monitored system may be more appropriate. If you are living in an urban area, or an apartment block, then an audible-only system may be sufficient. If you are availing of discounted home insurance on the basis of your alarm, then this is also an issue. It’s also worthwhile asking your local Crime Prevention Officer for advice. Garda Crime Prevention Officers are stationed around the country to offer guidance and reassurance to members of the community.

Commercial Burglar Alarms

Like domestic systems, commercial burglar alarms fall into two broad categories: ‘wired’ and ‘wireless’ systems. Wired alarm systems tend to be less expensive than wireless systems. However, this may not hold true if your business premises requires wiring. Most wireless systems operate using batteries which need to be changed every few years and transmit signals via a radio frequency. Generally speaking, if your house is wired for an alarm then it is best to opt for a wired system. Most insurance companies require a certified monitored security system be installed. An audible-only alarm operates by sounding a siren or bell when the alarm is activated, and relies on the noise the alarm makes to deter burglars and alert persons in the immediate vicinity to the fact that a robbery is being attempted. Remotely monitored systems are connected to the outside world via a phone line. This is usually a landline but can also be a mobile network, although this may be more expensive. Remotely monitored systems also emit the sound of a siren when activated; however they additionally send a signal to a central monitoring station which informs you, a nominated keyholder and/or the Gardaí that the alarm has been activated.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ strategy when it comes to choosing an alarm for your business premises and a site survey is required to determine the level of security required.

Monitoring Alarms

Monitored security systems are connected to a remote monitoring station in Dublin. Trained controllers are on hand to alert keyholders and to initiate a Garda response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to alarm activations. We can monitor intruder alarms, panic alarms, fire alarm, medical alerts and open/close reports which is often used in commercial premises to notify the keyholders if the alarm system has not been turned on or off at a specific time. A monitored security system may reduce the cost of your insurance cover, ask your insurance company for details.

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