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All about Wired & Wireless Burglar Alarms

You’re less likely to become a victim of burglary if you have a well-fitted and maintained burglar alarm system, according to the Gardai and a Which? survey of ex-burglars. The best type of intruder alarm for your home depends on your personal preferences, your budget, where you live, what your home is like and what level of protection you need. A key consideration is what you would prefer to happen when your alarm goes off. Bells-only alarms make a noise, but don’t contact anyone (such as the Gardai or the homeowner). A speech dialler system meanwhile, automatically contacts you or other nominated friends and family when the alarm is triggered. Alternatively, you could get a monitoring contract, whereby you would pay a company monthly or annually to take action or call the guards if the alarm goes off.

Wireless or wired burglar alarm?

Alarms can be either wired or wireless. Wireless alarms look nicer, are generally easier to install and can be removed more easily if you move house. They use battery-powered sensors that communicate with a control panel using radio signals.  While this type of alarm tends to be cheaper to install professionally, the alarms themselves can be more expensive. Wired alarm systems usually need to be installed by a professional, as the wires will need to be hidden, so labour costs may be higher. However all properties vary so the best thing to do would be to give Brian from ESP Security a call to discuss your needs.

Maintaining your burglar alarm

Regular maintenance should highlight and reduce defects, give you peace of mind and give you more redress if something goes wrong – 35% of Which? members with a burglar alarm have their alarm maintained. If you get a burglar alarm maintenance contract, your alarm will be checked once a year either by an installer such as ESP Security  coming to your home. Having your alarm system professionally maintained can help tackle any problems with false alarms. It is also a requirement of some insurance companies, and a requirement if you want a monitoring contract in addition

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