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Intruder Alarms

Security should be one of the most important considerations for your business. Loss of personal effects, stock and entry damage can be prevented with the installation of an intruder alarm system.

The risk of crime never goes away. Burglars want your money and possessions - it’s as simple as that. Fitting a Secure Alarms Intruder alarm can help prevent burglars entering your property and prevent your valuables from being stolen. The fitting of an Intruder Alarm System to protect against losses is the method preferred by Police and Insurers and will keep you covered. Good locks are essential but will not prevent a determined burglar.

The installation of an alarm system both visually deters and reduces the chance of burglary by around 90%, while also frightening off the intruder should they break-in. Burglars are highly deterred by intruder alarms, and as research shows, burglars said that they will avoid any premises with an intruder alarm and choose the unprotected premises. Intruder alarms sometimes referred to as burglar alarms are of two types.

Alarm Types


Alarms are either classed as ‘audible only’ or ‘remote signalling’, the difference being the audible system acts like a scarecrow, deterring the thief. A remote signalling system has the additional advantage of signalling the Police via an Alarm Receiving Centre. These systems can also monitor fridges, ponds, machinery, fire alarms, electrical supplies and anything else which could fail resulting in financial or personal losses. Text messages can even notify you when the children arrive home. The options are endless!

A burglar alarm system provides an excellent and effective way of both deterring the burglar from entering your property in the first place and an excellent deterrent by means of its sounders, both inside and outside alerting everyone in the vicinity to the activation. Upon activation the sounders continue for a maximum of 15 minutes to deter burglars from the premises.


Audible only

Audible alarms do not signal the police but can be supplemented with a speech dialler that can dial up to four telephone numbers and advise you or others of the activation. Police attendance is only possible with a remote signalling system and conformity to the regulations appertaining to such.

A typical audible alarm normally suitable for premises such as a house or small business would be graded “low to medium risk” and deemed Grade 2. Your insurance risk proportional to the value of the property and its contents.

Remote Signalling

Burglar alarms that protect a higher value property are graded in accordance with the European system standard EN50131-1 and PD6662 to Grade 2 or 3 which includes both high value residential and commercial premises.

Insurance companies are frequently involved and often the instigators of system grades. Police attendance via one of the many different types of signalling devices, which will transmit an intruder alarm signal to the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), is possible for both Grade 2 and Grade 3 systems.

Monitored burglar alarms are now expected to confirm  to the ARC alarm activations. Without such, Police attendance is not possible.

Confirmation is received when a second intruder detection device is triggered within 30 minutes of the first activation, therefore confirming a potential intruder on the premises.

Communication is sent to the ARC using either a standard digital communicator, known as a single path transmitter, or a dual path transmitter such as GPRS, Dualcom or Redcare GSM, which transmit a signal on both paths, the telephone line and radio thus offering a high degree of security of transmission.

Wired and Wireless Systems

We fit both wired and wireless intruder alarm systems depending on what fits each unique situation best. Our surveyors will be able to advise you which system would benefit your needs more.

The concept of wireless intruder alarms has been out for many years, however in previous years the technology and reliability of such systems as they say, “left a lot to be desired”.

Today’s new systems are a vast improvement and enable a virtually wireless alarm system (they still require a mains supply certified to PART P) to be installed by a single engineer.

The benefit of a wireless system is that they are quicker to install, they leave no ugly wiring, they cause little disruption, and they can be easily extended or adapted as required. Disadvantages are few and only amount to changing the alarm batteries during annual maintenance visits. New wireless alarm systems now only require battery changes approximately every 2 years.

Systems include a speech dialler that can be linked to your BT line and upon activation, triggering a voice message transmitted to you advising of the systems activation.

A wireless system can be installed for a short period to provide temporary cover and be easily removed and reinstalled elsewhere when required. All systems come with a NSI certificate upon completion.


Secure Alarms provide a free survey to establish how best to protect your property. The surveyor will assess to the new European system standards EN50131-1 including PD6662 a system that meets with your insurers risk and needs. Our team has extensive knowledge and proven experience to review your property effectively and recommend an appropriate system tailored to your needs.

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