Did you know that 63% of burglaries happen in properties that don’t have an intruder alarm installed? Considering how easy it is to install a home burglar alarm it seems a pity not to have one when it is such a deterrent.
Having an intruder break into your home doesn’t just mean you lose your possessions. It can also make you uncomfortable and anxious for a long time after the event.
If you have an alarm, a burglar is less likely to take the risk of breaking into your home. The noise and/or flashing lights will draw attention to what’s going on in your property and this is a risk many burglars don’t want to take.
Many people are put off because they think intruder alarm installation is difficult and time-consuming. But there is a wide range of easy to install home alarm systems on the market.
Types of Easy to Install Home Alarm Systems
Wireless alarms are much easier to install than a wired system because you don’t have to run wires to each alarm sensor from the main base. Instead, a wireless system works off your internet connection.
The cheapest type of alarm is a bell only. If the alarm is triggered it will make a very loud ringing noise to attract attention. But the problem with this type of alarm is if you’re away from home you won’t know the alarm is ringing.
Another type of alarm is a dialler alarm. This either uses a sim card or a wire connected to your landline. When the alarm is triggered either you or a nominated keyholder will be informed.
The best type of alarm is a Smart System. This system works with your smartphone or a tablet. It is easier to control and monitor. It means you can connect your devices so that you can turn video cameras on and off and view what’s going on in your home when you’re not in. Smart alarm systems often feature PIR motion sensors which when placed outside your home will detect a moving object.
Read on to find out just how easy it is to install a home alarm system at home. Here we tell you how to install a keypad intruder alarm system and a bell only system.
Make sure all the components are in the box before you start the installation process. If the parts are battery-operated make sure you have the batteries you need, or a charging base is fully charged. A smart kit for example will consist of a smart hub, PIR sensors, a keypad, door and window connectors and a PIR camera.
Once you have all the components and the batteries or charger it is time to install the siren from the burglar alarm system. The siren goes on an outside wall. You will need a ladder to install the siren because it needs to be out of reach. All you need then is a drill and the screw fixings.
Once the siren is installed it is time to place the other components inside your home. The instructions for testing the components before installation should be followed carefully.
When you know the system is working you can pick the locations for your components including a keypad if you have one. The components, such as PIR motion sensors, are normally fixed on to the wall or on the ceiling. PIR sensors are normally installed around 2 metres off the floor.
The components and PIR sensors are installed using a drill and the screws and fixing plugs which are normally included in the burglar alarm system.
Once the system is in place you will need to program your keypad which is easily done by following the instructions to press the buttons on the keypad so that you can set up your PIN number.
The PIN number must be keyed in when you leave and enter the house to activate and deactivate the alarm.
If your system is set up with your smartphone you will also need to download the app from the manufacturer which you can do by following the manufacturer’s instructions. It should be an easy process that will take less than 10 minutes to complete.
Installing a Bell Only Alarm
A bell alarm system is cost-effective. You will need to use a drill and climb a ladder to complete the installation, but it’s not difficult.
First of all, unpack the alarm and make sure the fixings and screws are included. Now take your smartphone and follow the instructions on how to install the app and configure the alarm. This should only take a few minutes.
Take the back cover off the alarm and put in the batteries if none are included. Make sure the batteries inside the siren are working before you install the alarm on your outside wall. You can do this by carrying out a battery test.
Next, you will need your ladder to climb up to the installation location on your outside wall. With a drill, screws, and fixing plugs you can now mount the bracket onto the wall.
Once is it is fixed in place you can fit the alarm onto the bracket. Many modern bell alarms allow you to configure the volume and the time the bell will ring from your smartphone. For example, you can configure it to ring at its loudest for as long as 10 minutes or as short as 3 minutes.
When the bell is installed and configured, make sure you test it before you want to put it to use.
As you can see installing a burglar alarm system can be done as a DIY project as long as you have a ladder and can use a drill. If you can’t then you can always find a local handyperson or a friend or relative to help you with the installation.