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Monitored alarms can provide a fast police response. 

Intruder – Burglar Alarms

Intruder alarm systems, or burglar alarms as they are often known, make intruders think twice. They not only act as a deterrent, but will provide a warning that an intrusion is taking place either to staff, a remote monitoring centre or passers-by.

Choosing the Right Alarm System

‘Bells-only’ or audible alarms are rarely suitable for commercial premises and will not provide an automatic police response; the police will only act if an unlawful entry has been witnessed and reported by a 999 call.

All alarms have triggers and are typically activated when an electrical circuit has been broken or motion is detected.

Alarms connected to a monitoring service are the most effective and are usually a requirement of insurance companies providing cover.

Opting for a remotely monitored alarm, where activation signals are sent to a monitoring centre, ensures the police are contacted on your behalf in the event of a confirmed activation (subject to your system meeting the requirements of the police response to security systems policy.

Signals are filtered for false activations avoiding the risk of losing police response to your alarm.

Intruder alarm systems can be designed with the needs of your business in mind and take into account the usage of the premises whilst remaining effective and user friendly. There are many alarm systems on the market. You may wish to ask the Crime Reduction Officer at your local police station for advice before you buy a system.

Choosing the Right Intruder Alarm Installer

Selecting the type of alarm for your business is one thing. If you want it to be effective and meet the requirements set out by the police and your insurer, it's important to have it installed and maintained in accordance with the required standards by a professional company such as those approved by NSI.

Here are some key questions to ask the company you are considering to install your system. Are they...

  • thoroughly security vetted?
  • rigorously inspected twice a year to ensure they are maintaining standards in both the quality of installation and how they are run as a business?
  • properly insured?
  • operating a 24 hour call out service (and do they respond within 4 hours)?
  • able to complete a thorough security survey of your property?
  • installing reliable, up to date equipment?
  • going to issue you with a Certificate of Compliance for your system?
  • meeting the relevant British and European Standards?
  • operating to the highest level of business excellence by working to the industry specific ISO 9001 Quality Management System (NACOSS Gold only)?

NSI approved companies can answer 'yes' to all these questions. NSI provides the toughest inspection services to ensure that all its approved companies continually meet the highest standards.