28th May 2005

Alarm Systems F.A.Q

Q Would a car alarm with many components and one central alarm system not be prone to sounding even at the most minor incident?

A In the past, this was true. But now most car alarm systems are ‘intelligent’ enough to recognise genuine threats as opposed to false alarms. For example, pressure sensors used to be more susceptible to storms, gusts, or even moderately strong winds, and thus could sound the alarm. Now, gentle movement like this alone isn’t enough to sound the alarm; it must too be accompanied by another sensor. Of course, if the movement suddenly becomes more forceful or otherwise irregular, the alarm will sound as normal.

Q How will my insurance on my car or home be altered by the installation of an alarm system?

A Homes without alarms are often slightly more expensive to insure than those with them. Your insurance provider will ask for details of your home alarm system. Some larger insurance companies, will have their own preferred alarm systems, offering you better rates if you have one of them installed. You can sometimes even get discounts on buying these when insuring your home. Other companies will prefer standardised approved alarms, such as those accepted as compliant by the NACOSS or SSAIB organisations.

Q Is an alarm really necessary? Isn’t it just being paranoid?

A If you live in a very safe area, don’t often experience crime, and are otherwise vigilant (e.g. careful to always lock up, keep your car in a garage etc.) you may not need an alarm. If you know that crime does take place in your area, it could be worth investing in an alarm. Cities have the worst of it: according to the Metropolitan Police, there were 67,996 reported home burglaries within their jurisdiction – that’s over 180 a day within the London area. Judge for yourself what a suitable solution might be – you may decide a simply dummy box is enough, or go for an expensive, professional solution. The choice is yours.

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