Fitting a Wireless Burglar Alarm Is Easier Than People Think Says Crime Prevention Products

February 24, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
Recent statistics show that burglaries in the UK are lower than 10 years ago largely due to the unprecedented availability of affordable and fuss-free burglar alarms for properties. Many consumers however think that burglar alarms will be troublesome to install. Leading security professionals such as Crime Prevention Products say however that it is now simpler than ever before for homeowners to fit an alarm themselves.

Wireless Burglar Alarms differ significantly from the traditional wired alarms when it comes to ease of installation. They bypass the need for paying a professional to fit a security system into a properties existing electrical wiring. They also don't complicate matters logistically because there are no messy wires to deal with.

Terry Rattee, owner of Crime Prevention Products, commented, "Wireless burglar alarms are incredibly easy to install, most people can do it themselves without the need to hire a professional. If people were to understand just how affordable and fuss-free they are, there really is no need for every home not to have good security that gives full peace of mind."

A wireless burglar alarm entails sensors that communicate with a central control panel on a narrow-band radio frequency. With a range of up to 40 metres, a wireless system can cover even the biggest house.

Basic wireless alarms can be bought for as little as £120, and to include an automatic telephone alert system, the total will cost around £200.

In comparison, the price of fitting a wired alarm into a typical three-bed house starts at around £700, with an additional £25 a month for a service that alerts the property owner by phone if a break in occurs.

Wireless security is in most cases an easy DIY job the only tools that homeowners need for the setup are the wireless alarm product of their choice, a screwdriver and a drill. They simply need to place the control panel near a mains socket and plug it in. The sensors then need to be placed in range of the control panel. If the system has a telephone alert system, the control box will also need to be close to a phone socket. When the control panel is turned on, a prompt will appear on the screen to enter a personal user code.

The alarm siren (if supplied) is ideally placed as high as possible on a prominent external wall (even the sight of them is a good deterrent against potential burglars). For those who live in a Conservation Area or in a listed building, they will however need to check with their local planning office before they fit the siren. Some alarms emit an alert which only a security company will hear and respond to.

In addition to the alarm function, some wireless burglar systems can be enhanced to offer a panic button, to detect smoke or to be pet friendly (meaning the sensors will only pick up movement larger than a certain size).

With the range of wireless alarm products now available as well as their affordability, they are highly recommended by security companies to both tenants and homeowners.