Installing an alarm system remains the safest way to protect yourself from the risks of burglaries. Between wired, wireless, home automation systems and video surveillance, the choices are vast. I give you some practical cases to help you choose the right alarm system for your needs and the areas to be protected.
Whether it is to protect the house during an absence (short or long term) think preventive by installing an alarm system. This installation can be thought of as a house construction, during a renovation, it is even possible to upgrade your existing alarm system, the time is always welcome to invest in an alarm system and protect yourself from intrusions.
Indeed, professionals warn: alarms are often only installed after a first break-in! With burglaries on the rise in 2013, the French alarm systems market is booming and offers increasingly scalable, connected and innovative solutions. How to find your way through the plethora of proposals made to individuals? Some practical examples to guide you.
I want an alarm system that is easy and quick to install
The solution: a wireless alarm
Wireless alarms are particularly suitable for quick and convenient installation as they do not require any work (no wall cracks, no cables to pull). These systems can be upgradable, you can add new sensors (movement or burglary sensors) at any time to extend the installation.
The extra thing: alarm systems are “nomadic”, in case of moving you can take them with you.
I want an alarm for a large, multi-storey house
The solution: a wired alarm
For large houses (over 100 square metres), it is advisable to invest in a wired system, especially if your living space has slightly off-centre rooms and corners that are difficult to access. The latter will be better “covered” by the detectors of a wired system. On the other hand, wired alarms are considered more reliable because they cannot be hacked unlike some wireless systems. If your house is under construction, it is also recommended to opt for a wired alarm system and install it directly during the work.
The extra trick: The wired alarm is cheaper than a wireless alarm… but you’ll have to add the cost of the installation!
I want an alarm for my apartment.
The solution: wireless alarms, wired… on an easily accessible floor: the alarm handles. No difference in choice for high-rise apartments (wireless or wired alarm depending on your preferences). If you live on the ground floor, on the first floor or if your windows are easily accessible, you can opt for a particularly innovative solution: an intrusion alarm integrated in the handles of your windows! These systems can be installed on your windows and thus prevent break-ins by acrobat burglars!
The extra tip: These systems can be placed directly on your window thanks to an alarm handle.
I want an alarm but I have a pet
Alarm systems with infrared volumetric detection can be adjusted according to the type of animal (dog, cat). The alarm thus only detects body masses of a large volume and moving at a certain height. This will allow your cat or dog to walk around without fear of triggering the alarm.
The extra tip: If you don’t want to invest in a special “cat” or “dog” detector, opt for opening detection alarms, which cannot be triggered by your pets.
I want an alarm for an isolated house
The solution: an alarm system with remote monitoring, video surveillance, or GSM alarm.
For isolated dwellings, the ideal solution is to opt for an alarm system coupled according to your means with a video surveillance system (small cameras that film the surroundings of your property) and remote surveillance. This last system allows you to notify a remote monitoring centre in the event of an intrusion, an ideal solution if your home is too isolated for the sound of an alarm to alert the neighbourhood. It is also possible to opt for the installation of a GSM alarm. Following the detection of an intrusion, the alarm system sends a message or a call directly to your phone. These calls can be switched to a remote monitoring centre if necessary.
The extra tip: Remote monitoring has become more accessible, packages start at around 20 euros per month.