Most people, upon deciding to invest in an alarm system find themselves in unfamiliar territory and have to put their trust in an unknown person i.e. the person quoting for the job. I find it helpful when in a similar situation to get as much information as I can about the product or service before hand and this helps me to decide who the give the job to.
For some it’s a simple matter of “The cheapest quote gets the job” but remember the old adage “You get what you pay for” is as true today as it was 50 years ago.
A basic alarm consists of components that either provide Perimeter Protection or Motion Detection or a mixture of the two.
What is Perimeter Protection?
Perimeter protection would consist of vibration sensors and contacts on all external doors and windows on the ground floor of a house. The first floor may need vibration sensors and contacts to be fitted to the windows or maybe contacts only would be sufficient. It would be dependent on how vulnerable the first floor windows are, a site survey would quickly determine this for you.
What is Motion Detection?
Motion Detection uses motion detectors also known as PIR’s or beams to detect the movement of infra red heat (body heat) with in a room or area.
Most alarm systems are made up of mixture of perimeter protection and motion detection.
What other devices will be fitted?
Working in conjunction with the perimeter protection and motion detection devices would be a Control Panel, a Remote Keypad, an Internal Siren and an External Siren. You also have the option of having your alarm monitored by a Monitoring station.
Which system is better, a hardwired alarm or wireless alarm?
Both systems are equally as good. As a general rule of thumb, if your house is pre- wired or if you are building a new house then, the best system for you would be a hard wired system. If your house is not pre-wired then the best option for you would be a wireless alarm. You also have the option of a system which combines both hardwired and wireless, this system is known as a hybrid system
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