In this post we list 11 FAQ about burglar alarms & home security together with answers.Burglar Alarms & Home Security systems are really easy to use. Professionally installed, regularly serviced systems should provide many years of trouble free service. Click To Tweet
11 FAQs about Burglar Alarms & Home Security
1. Are burglar alarms easy to use?
A. Yes – It’s normally just a matter of entering a four-digit code.
2. Who chooses the home security code?
A. You do! The code is changeable at any time.
3. How do I turn the intruder alarm off?
A. When you re-enter the building, your alarm will ‘bleep’ reminding you to key-in your security code. Just enter your four-digit code to switch it off.
4. Can I set it at night?
A. Yes, and we advise that you do so. Your installer will program your system to include only those areas that you want protected and exclude others during a ‘night set’.
5. What happens if my house alarm goes off?
A. Your alarm will only ring for a pre-programmed length of time before silencing and re-arming itself. If you are there you just enter your security code to silence it.
6. Will I know if burglar alarm has been activated while I was away?
A. Yes! When you return, you will notice your external strobe light flashing, to warn you that there may have been an intrusion. Also you will hear a different ‘tone’ when you enter the building.
7. I have pets. Can I still have an intruder alarm?
A. Yes! Various equipment and techniques can be used to protect your home, whilst still allowing your pets to be in the house.
8. What happens if there is a power cut?
A. Burglar alarms have rechargeable batteries to keep your home security system powered for several hours in event of a mains failure. Should power not be restored before the battery runs down a second battery is then used to activate the external sounder (bell box) alerting everyone that there is a problem. The system does not just run flat quietly.
9. Do I have to change any batteries in a wired system?
A. The backup battery in your alarm panel has a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years. We recommend that the battery be changed every 3 years.
10. I’ve heard about wireless intruder alarms. Are they any good?
A. Some are, some aren’t. They can be prone to false alarms from rogue frequencies and the batteries do need changing more frequently than ‘wired’ alarms. The sensors also tend to be slightly larger as they must incorporate a decent sized battery. However, certain situations dictate that a wireless system may be a more practical solution for various reasons, – but read on…
Professionally supplied wireless burglar alarms are far superior to those available from DIY stores, and alarm engineers have the equipment to detect rogue frequencies and test signal strengths, thus minimising false alarms. You also have the peace of mind that should any problems occur, they will be diagnosed and dealt with promptly by the Installer under warranty – unlike a DIY system when you are on your own.
One advantage of wireless home security systems is that you always have the option to take the equipment with you whenever you move house!
11. What happens if my neighbours just ignore my Burglar Alarm?
A. Additional equipment can be added to your alarm, that sends a voice or text message to a landline or mobile phone, to alert you or a family member, or a relative, neighbor, friend etc, of a potential problem.
We hope we have answered some of your questions. If you have any more questions about Burglar Alarms & Home Security – please Contact Us
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