Alarms are important for home security
HOME security features can be as varied as keeping valuables out of reach or in a safety deposit box, and having security screens to making sure you lock up – every single time you leave the house.
Neighbourhood Watch state co-ordinator Sergeant Steve Batterham said a further method of home security was the installation of an alarm.
“However, alarms should never be a substitute for good physical security but rather be an addition to it,” he said.
When buying an intruder alarm system, consideration should be given to obtaining more than one quote to make ensure you are buying the system you need.
There are several alarm components available including:
Movement detectors (ultrasonic, microwave infrared) which react to movement and/or heat and can be placed in strategic locations around your home;
Magnetic reed switches, electro-mechanical devices that are activated when the electronic circuit is broken; and
Duress or panic assistance in the form of a fixed button, coded pad pin alert, or a portable device connected to an alarm.
A good alarm should include the following: 24-hour battery backup, comply with Australian Standards 2201, two tamper resistant sirens, one inside and one outside (satellite), user-friendly code pad and control box, the installing company has technicians available every day throughout the year, installer uses 14/020 wiring (six core wiring) and a 12-month warranty on components and installation.
If monitored, the alarm system must include Austel-approved dialler and wiring. The installer must also be licensed.
“No alarms are directly connected to a police station,” Sergeant Batterham said.
“Neighbours, friends or an alarm monitoring security company are usually relied upon to ensure an effective response, such as notifying the police if necessary, to the alarm.”