In Ukraine, a home (apartment or house) is broken into on average every 90 seconds. Terrifying, isn’t it? A burglary is perceived as a real rape by those who are victims of it a rape of privacy and our privacy. To avoid having to experience this shock, more and more French homeowners are opting for alarms. But how do you choose the right alarm for your home?
The house alarm: the manual
It is essential to choose your alarm correctly in order to avoid being burgled as much as possible. Choosing an alarm is not always easy, because several parameters must be taken into account. Thus, the choice of your alarm will depend on:
- The size of your house
- The value of your property
- Possible points of entry
- The presence or absence of a garage or outdoor space…
In the rest of this article, we will see the different types of alarm system, the choice of whether or not to use wireless, and how to recognize a good quality alarm.
The different types of home alarm systems
Before you even take care of the rest, you need to choose an alarm type. Do you need a so-called “traditional” alarm that will behave like a simple motion detector that will signal to your main unit the presence of an individual in order to ask him to trigger a loud sound signal? This may be sufficient in most cases, depending on the square footage of your home, its accesses and the value of the assets to be protected. But perhaps you prefer a connected alarm that can give you the information you want directly on your mobile phone. You can then decide to automatically trigger (or not) your alarm siren.
Finally, you can opt for a surveillance camera that can record the scene in the event of a burglary and allow you to use it as evidence during legal proceedings and with your insurance. In fact, when deciding to choose an alarm system, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. All this will have to be related to the criteria mentioned above.
An alarm adapted to your accommodation
I’m not teaching you anything, but when it comes to home security, the prices can go up to double. It is therefore wise to choose an alarm suitable for your home so as not to unnecessarily pay too much, or on the contrary, pay for a system that is not sufficiently efficient. Depending on the size of your home, your choice will be more towards a basic alarm called “traditional” or on the contrary towards a more sophisticated alarm which will protect you better, but which will be much more expensive.
It would be stupid to set up this type of alarm in a small house of 60 m², for example, when a simpler alarm would be quite sufficient. On the contrary, a house of 100 m² or more, with a garden and a garage, for example, will require more protection. In this case, we will opt for a high-performance wireless home alarm system, with a connected central. You might even consider using a surveillance camera to monitor the entrance to the house and garden.
How to recognize a quality alarm?
Again, there are several criteria for recognizing a quality home alarm. First of all, I advise you to find out if the alarm complies with the NF A2P standard, the latter being a real proof of quality. It gives you the assurance of avoiding bad alarm systems, often inexpensive, which can be of no use to you in the event of a burglary. We no longer count the number of alarms cut for lack of electrical energy. A good alarm worthy of the name should have a secondary power source in the event of a power failure. I’m not even talking about the small discount alarms that work with batteries. Once you have found compliance with the standard, you will have to look at the additional functionalities. For example, I advise you to choose an alarm with an infrared lighting system in order to be protected day and night as ajax systems. Double-check for additional features, such as the ability to see in the dark with an infrared lighting system, being the only way to detect a burglar at night. Nighttime burglary alone accounts for nearly 20% of all thefts recorded each year.
Opt for a wireless alarm
Generally, homeowners are advised to use wireless alarms because they are much cheaper. This avoids having to go through a technician to do work in the walls, repaint or repaint, etc. Wireless alarms are just as effective as wired ones. But in case you have a construction project, security professionals recommend installing a wired alarm. If you already own your home, mindlessly turn to a wireless alarm. These are a little more expensive to buy, but you will save a lot of money in the end. In addition, you will find in most cases the mention “0 jobs” which ensures that you can fully install your alarm by yourself.