/ Burglar alarm systems - recommendations?

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Fozzy on 06 Feb 2019

After a few local places being done over and various undesirables seen lurking around the lanes in their vans, Mrs Fozzy is sensibly on at me to get an alarm system fitted. 

Does anybody have a recommendation around £250? It’ll need 2 door alarms, 4 PIR sensors (and window sensors if possible). Fitting isn’t an issue, but functionality & ease of use are  (and the ability to cope with 2 dogs and a cat being in the house). 

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SebCa - on 06 Feb 2019
In reply to Fozzy:

Texecom are probably the market leaders in wireless stuff, if you're happy installing yourself and have a somewhat reasonable understanding of electrical/security installations then that's what I would go for. Their Premier Elite panels are brilliant and the wintex software for the computer makes programming a doddle. 

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L GanLieber - on 13 Feb 2019

Hi...as per my knowledge the predecessor to an RCD required a larger leakage current and so a good earth was important. It's why all plumbing used to be earth - less requirements in new setups although I think you have to leave existing earth bonding in place.A functioning and well installed RCD is a godsend in a modern house.

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tonyg9241 - on 13:08 Thu
In reply to Fozzy:

hi have a look in screw fix they do some Yale  wire lees ones with can link up to your smart phone unsure of cost. the other thing to do is set up some outdoor  lighting on PIR sensors/ other then that contact a local electrician for some quotes hope this of some use to you but you probley have the best alarm already the dogs unless there that daft they are going to help the undesirables out with your tv. I would also have a look at https://www.redcare.bt.com/ 

Regards Tony  

and remember shoot to kill take no prisoners.

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Bjartur i Sumarhus on 15:59 Thu
In reply to Fozzy:

When I used to live in London suburbia our area went through some horrendous bouts of burglaries, so much so that the local police helped out with a local talk giving advice on how to protect yourself. A couple of points I remember...

Apart from the alarms, burglars hate permanent outside lighting (not motion sensor lighting, that's less effective). Doesn't have to be bright, but have some outdoor lights on all night that means there is no darkness to skulk in. Also gravel paths or drives that make a crunching noise when walked on can be effective if they suit your property. Nine times out of ten they are chancers, so if your property looks difficult to break into, they move on to the next one...looking for an easier target.

And if you really want to make sure you're rarely bothered, keep some geese and give them the run of your outside. Really only suitable if you are rural though.

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SebCa - on 18:56 Thu
In reply to tonyg9241:

As a former alarm engineer and then became an electrician....I would defiantly call an alarm company over an electrician! Its a rather specific trade and electricians (most) won't fit redcare or specialise in the decent Texecom/Honeywell wireless stuff. Redcare is a truly brilliant thing and is worth every penny, but you will need a monitored intruder alarm installed by a registered company with one of the two inspectorates (SSAIB/NSI). Be careful with the Yale stuff, buy cheap buy twice...However if it is cheap and cheerful you want the Yale stuff will go off if someone walks in front of it. I just think for the money and a bit of patience you will be better off getting the Texecom Premier Elite with their Ricochet stuff and have fun setting it up. It also has an app etc that will send you push notifications. The security lighting is a great shout though. CCTV is good but nothing more frustrating watching people rob your stuff!

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dread-i - on 09:42 Fri
In reply to Bjartur i Sumarhus:

>Nine times out of ten they are chancers, so if your property looks difficult to break into, they move on to the next one...looking for an easier target.

There have been some burglaries in my area where the scrotes have a garage door opener, or software version of same. They drive around pressing the button until a garage door opens. Many garages have access to the house and people may not lock an internal door.

The neighbors got done, but had cctv cams in the house. They still got robbed, but the police have used the footage to pull in some suspects and tie them to other activity that night.

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mike123 - on 08:02 Sat
In reply to Fozzy:

A mate of mine used to work as an electrician for an alarm company and also lived in an "edgy" area of Bristol . His thinking was that one wanted a system that triggered before somebody got in to your house rather than when they had already gained entry. So he had fitted vibration sensors to all his doors and windows . Somebody tries to force entry and it triggers the alarm . I've no idea if there is a wireless version of these , but it makes a lot of sense to me :

https://www.securitywarehouse.co.uk/catalog/intruder-alarm-c-36/vibration-detectors-c-36_56/honeywell-viper-glx-sensor-white-grade-3-p-542.html

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