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Faulty Burglar Alarms Encourage Crime, Says Leading Insurer

A quarter of all people are inclined to ignore faulty domestic burglar alarms that frequently go off, according to a leading online UK insurer.

Home Protect have highlighted unreliable or poorly maintained alarm systems as something that householders should guard against – because they aren’t likely to be taken seriously in the event of a real break-in.

As part of a ten-point plan to help foil domestic burglaries, Home Protect advise homeowners to ensure intruder alarms are repaired or renewed if they don’t work properly. They also suggest alerting neighbours once the alarm has been fixed or replaced, so that those living nearby know, if the burglar alarm activates, that it is almost certainly due to a genuine emergency.

The insurance firm also recommends that any wiring on the alarm system is fully concealed, so that burglars can’t disconnect the security equipment.

Our Gold Standard Burglar Alarms

In this day and age, when crime is on the increase, it is paramount to have a burglar alarm that does the job it is designed to do. Otherwise, there’s little point in having it!

That’s why working with an Approved Installer is paramount. All Justice Fire & Security home security systems meet the highest industry standards. Indeed, we have been members of the NSI Gold Scheme for over 30 years.

As one of the leading security firms in the West Midlands, a high percentage of calls we receive from homeowners are to attend older or non-functioning intruder or CCTV systems, which need repairing, replacing or upgrading.

To ensure your property is properly protected, we can design and install a home security system tailored to your requirements. One practical and cost-effective option that we can offer is to standardise your security by introducing a Hybrid Intruder System. This is where we ‘take over’ an existing wired system and build in any additions with wireless detectors – bringing everything nicely up-to-date. Certainly, the wireless route seems to be a favoured approach these days. For one thing, it ensures installations can be carried out quickly and with minimal disruption.

Furthermore, in the event of your alarm going off due to an attempted break-in, it’s also important to know that somebody in authority will be alerted. For this reason, we offer our customers round-the-clock alarm monitoring. We will also alert the police if something triggers your alarm.

Apart from an effective burglar alarm, here are some further home security recommendations

We’ve covered many of these suggestions in previous blogs but it’s always heartening to have professional third parties endorse our recommendations. For their part, Home Protect’s other security tips include: hiding valuables away; marking expensive items with your postcode in an UV pen; investing in a gravel driveway; locking all doors and windows and ensuring that window keys aren’t left in their locks; and making sure garages, sheds and other outbuildings are properly secured. They also strongly advise against leaving messages on doors saying things like, “back in 5 minutes”.

If you have concerns about the condition of your existing burglar alarm and are frustrated at the number of times it activates without due reason, please call our main switchboard on 0845 257 0090 or click HERE.

Based in Birmingham, we offer a fast response service for residential and commercial customers within a 50-mile radius of our West Midlands headquarters, offering comprehensive coverage of areas such as Wolverhampton, Coventry, West Bromwich, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth, Stafford and Stoke.