Many burglars will avoid breaking
into a property with an alarm.
There are many alarm
systems on the market. These range from fairly cheap alarms, which
you can fit yourself, to more sophisticated systems, costing
hundreds of pounds, which need to be installed by professionals.
Low-cost alarms are less reliable and can, through false alarms, be
a nuisance to both you and your neighbours.
Consider whether you
need an audible-only alarm (which sets off a siren or bell) or a
monitored alarm (connected to a central 'listening' service). Due to
the huge number of false alarms, police will only respond to audible
alarms if there is confirmation of suspicious activity - such as a
neighbour saying they saw someone or heard glass being broken.
systems, the monitoring company will check whether any alarm was
false - for example, set off by the homeowners entering the wrong
access code - and call out the police if necessary. Monitored
systems are particularly important for isolated properties.
Get professional help to install the
alarm and to explain how to operate it correctly to make sure that
it will work properly.
Remember, an alarm
which is not fitted properly can create problems in itself. Donít
fit an alarm yourself unless you have the electrical knowledge and
practical skills to do so, it could end up costing you more.
Good lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief.
The most appropriate form of lighting to use is
high-efficiency low-energy lighting, controlled by a dusk-to-dawn
switch so that it comes on only when itís dark. This provides a
constant and uniform level of light. It costs very little to run and
helps to create a more reassuring environment.
Lights that come on if they sense movement can be
annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic. If you have
these, make sure they are directed downwards.
Fit lights out of easy reach - at a height of at least 2.5 metres