- Many homes are broken into because the owner forgets to set the alarm. Make sure to set the alarm when you are not in the house or when you are going to bed.
- Many alarms have not been serviced in a long time. An alarm system is not much good unless it is actually working and there’s no point in finding out that it’s not working after the burglars have broken in. Make sure to have your alarm serviced regularly to make sure it is working correctly.
- There have been cases recently of burglars ripping the alarm box off of the wall and throwing it in a bucket of water to disable it. If you can get a fitter/welder to fix a steel bracket around the alarm box it will help to prevent this from happening. Consider putting extra protection around the alarm box that is attached to the outside of your home.
- Always remember that nomatter how good your alarm system is, it is no substitute for good locks so make sure to have all doors and windows securely locked with high standard locks as a first level of defense against burglars. Poor security on your doors and windows will mean that a burglar can get in and out quickly and be gone before anyone comes to the rescue. Ask a locksmith to do a security audit of your home if you are unsure.
- It’s no good having an alarm if nobody takes any notice of it when it goes off. Develop a good relationship with your neighbours, ask them to look out for any suspicious activity in or around your home when you are not there. Ask them to feel free to check it out if the alarm goes off and to call the Gardai if necessary. Be sure to offer the same support for your neighbour in return. If your neighbour does alert you of any suspicious activity or even a false alarm, get them a gift to say thanks because it is important to express your gratitude and encourage them to continue to keep an eye out for you in the future!:)
On a related note, be sure to check with your insurance company to see if they require a certain standard of alarm system to cover your home for theft (fire also!). Insurance companies are very quick to accept your money when you are paying for your home insurance but they often neglect to point out that certain restrictions apply which might mean you are not covered at all because of inadequate security alarm or locks.
Ensure all alarm installers are PSA licensed in order to carry out alarm installation and maintenance. See further information at http://www.psa.gov.ie/Website/psa/psa.nsf/legislationDownload?openform .
23 March 2013
So what do you think, can a burglar alarm protect my home? Well I think that it can’t provide 100% protection on it’s own but if we back it up with other policies and safeguards like we have mentioned above we will have a better chance of keeping those burglars away. What do you think? If you can think of any other ways to improve your alarm’s effectiveness or to provide further protection of your home let us know by putting a comment below..
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