Q: I’ve got good door and window locks so why should I consider an intruder alarm system?
A: It is a proven fact that in a given area of houses, the properties WITHOUT an intruder alarm are MUCH more likely to be targeted by potential burglars.
A lack of intruder alarm system allows burglars plenty of time to look around and choose what they wish to steal without being disturbed. Visible signs of an intruder alarm when potential burglars are ‘casing’ an area put them off and make them turn their attention to properties with no sign of an intruder alarm. A burglar breaking into a house that has an intruder alarm will instantly trigger a siren that cannot be silenced, giving them no time to scour the property for valuables and thus leaving them empty handed. Indeed burglars are likely to flee as soon as the alarm sounds because they don’t know who is looking out of their window or whether the alarm is being monitored by an Alarm Receiving Centre.
In over 25 years of installing thousands of intruder alarms, we have only had 2 instances where domestic properties have been burgled with one of our alarms installed. One where the alarm had NOT been set by the owner so the burglar was able to take his time, and the other a secluded bungalow where the siren box was at a low level and was ripped off the wall (still ringing) wrapped in a duvet to muffle the sound as they could not silence it (back up battery in the siren box!). They didn’t stay in the house long and didn't steal much because of the internal sounder and did not know whether the system was being monitored by our Alarm Receiving Centre.
Q: Are alarms expensive?
A: Not nearly as expensive as 15-20 years ago, when the average alarm system could cost up to £2000. DSC Security can install a small, simple NACOSS Gold alarm system with 12 months warranty and 12 months FREE maintenance from as little as £475 (inc. VAT). The average cost of an alarm system to a 3-bedroom sized house is usually between £600 and £700, but obviously it depends how many detectors you want; your budget and your requirements will determine our recommendations.
Q: I want an alarm but I’ve got a cat and a dog. Will they set it off?
A: No problem! DSC Security can install ‘Pet-Friendly’ detectors, which will not activate when cats or dogs weighing less than 45kg (100lb) are in the area. These detectors will still detect humans, however, so your property is still protected from intruders.
Q: I’m not very good with technology. Will the alarm be easy to use?
A: DSC Security generally install the Castle Euro-Meridian range of control panels and keypads, which must be one of the most user-friendly systems ever! The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) shows full English text rather than just a number or an LED flashing when something is wrong, so you immediately know where a potential problem is, rather than having to find the manual to decipher what a flashing ‘3’ or ‘F4’ means! But the best bit is the proximity tags that we can provide. They allow you to simply set and unset the alarm, by swiping a small tag device across the keypad. A 4-digit code can be used if you prefer, however the tags make life so easy that codes are rarely used.