INTRUDER ALARMS

Intruder Alarms For Your Home

When considering the purchase of an Intruder Intruder Alarm System there are some important points to consider, the first being what sort of alarm do I require?

Our latest intruder alarm systems are fully insurance approved and certified by our NSI approval board on installation.

The systems are completely wireless so there is no mess to the decor of the property. These systems have longer life batteries than ever before, two way comms and a frequency jump facility to prevent interference.

You can specify app control too which allows for notifications of setting and unsetting, alarms and any faults on the system to your smart phone.

No two houses are the same – they may be of the same design, but the owner’s requirements and expectations are always different. With this in mind, we will never provide a quotation without first surveying your property and discussing your requirements, unless suitable floor & layout plans are available and your requirements have been relayed to us.

Surveys & Quotations are free with no obligation so you have nothing to lose.

Surveys are always carried out by an installing engineer who has many years experience in what can and cannot be done. We do not use commission based salesmen, so you can be assured of a professional service and expert advice with no hard sell.

We will Design, Install and Provide a Maintenance Package to suit your requirements, detailing everything within a full specification & quotation in plain English including equipment brochures so you are aware of exactly what you are buying.

Upon receipt of your signed acceptance we will agree a suitable installation date and your system will be installed.

With many years experience, we understand that you may be concerned that having the system installed will be intrusive.
We fully respect that we will be working in your home and ensure that the utmost care is taken of your property with minimum disruption.

Our own engineers will install your system as sympathetically as possible. Concealing the system cables is our speciality.

Upon completion, your system will be demonstrated fully and handed over to ensure you fully understand the operation of your new Intruder Alarm System.

Updating an existing alarm system

If your property already has an Intruder Alarm Installed which you require upgrading or extending, we will happily visit your property and survey the existing system and discuss your requirements, this will be followed up with the provision of a written report and specification and quotation.

Upon completion, your system will be demonstrated fully and handed over to ensure you fully understand the operation of your new Intruder Alarm System.

Life Devices

We can also install smoke/heat and carbon monoxide sensors which meet the new domestic regulations (EN14604-BS5446-2-EN50291).

All of these units are wireless with twin battery packs and are interlinked to each other so that if one activates they all activate no matter which area triggers first. If the carbon monoxide unit triggers, the alarm panel will prompt you to avoid the area where the sensor is to prevent anyone being asphyxiated in that area.

 

There are also a huge number of additional devices that can be fitted to the system:

  • Door contacts
  • Motion sensors
  • Camera sensors – 5 snap shot images can be viewed on your app
  • Window and door vibration sensors

 

Intruder Alarms For Your Business

Intruder Alarms for Commercial Premises are significantly different in their operational requirements than those installed within Residential properties.

Business security is vital in today’s world. Protecting your business from theft and vandalism is crucial in keeping your business fully operational without loss of time and profits.

At this time, it is virtually impossible to recover all of the losses that crime can cost a business through insurance.

Loss, such as the theft of a computer will be covered under insurance, but what of the secondary costs, such as the value of the data stored within the computer and the possible cost of customer goodwill, this kind of loss is immeasurable.

In many cases especially with older alarm systems where businesses are split into different areas or departments, not everyone starts or finishes work at the same time, this means that some parts of an office or factory may remain unprotected and unoccupied for a number of hours before the alarm is fully armed.

This does not have to be the case, as todays systems can be divided into multiple areas each having their own local keypad allowing individual areas to be armed / disarmed independently of the main system.

This not only protects from possible external crime but can prevent unauthorised people entering restricted areas of a company.

If you would like to discuss your existing security arrangements or require a new system please do not hesitate to contact us.

With over 40 years experience we are able to survey your premises, advise and design a suitable system to meet your requirements and those of your insurers where a Graded System has been specified these detail the risk level to be covered.

TYPE AND DESIGN

With over 40 years installation experience within the industry, we have always chosen our system manufacturers carefully, as installing the wrong equipment can be very costly in more ways than one not only for the client but also the installer.

The old saying…… you pay for what you get applies extremely well within the security industry.

Watson Alarms only supply and install Alarm Control Panels manufactured by HKC in Ireland

One Type Does Not Fit All.

When we survey a property prior to producing a specification & quotation a number of points are taken into consideration, some of which are – type of property, size of property & system requirements, the answers to these questions normally indicates the type of system we will be specifying.

There is still not one type of system that will suit all situations.

Wireless systems

Wireless Systems – Small To Medium Residential Properties

As the name suggests these systems communicate wirelessly and require very little cable installation, which can be of huge benefit in a property which is practically impossible to cable due to structural & decorative constraints.

Wireless systems do have their limitations where property construction can limit signal transmission, this will of course be taken into consideration at time of survey. An additional point to consider is the increased maintenance cost due to the replacement of device batteries, this however need not be the deal breaker on smaller systems.

HKCs  wireless technology delivers more performance than any other wireless security system. The size, scalability and range of the entire system are extended as wireless signalling is no longer limited by point-to-point communications. The range of  HKC enabled wireless system is greater than previous systems, with multiple devices capable of relaying messages to and from even the most remote locations in a building.

Hybrid Systems – All Properties

Hybrid Systems are basically a system made up of both Hard Wired & Wireless components, these types of system come into their own where an area within a property is impossible to cable due to building structure or decorative constraints.

By adding a wireless receiver to a compatible alarm panel up to 70wireless devices can be added.

While still maintaining the total flexibility of a hardwired system.

Hybrid Systems are extremely useful where an existing intruder alarm requires upgrading for monitoring purposes and requires sequential confirmation, a wireless receiver will allow the addition of shock sensors to vulnerable external patio & bi-fold doors.

Hardwired Systems – All Properties

Hardwired systems are fully cabled installations which are our favourites and are able to meet whatever system design is required due to their total flexibility.

Whether it is a small residential property with 5 of 6 detection devices, or a palatial new build with 60 detectors plus hardwired systems can be adapted to suit all needs.

Hardwired systems really come into their own within large residential and commercial properties where an alarm needs to protect a number of individual areas which in turn require the flexibility to enable individual areas to be armed & disarmed separately from within one main system.

We have the experience and the knowledge and can supply and install a system for you with the necessary equipment to protect any property from 1 to 640 zones.

Contact us to see how we can help you.

SYSTEM GRADING

The range and diversity of the types of alarm that are available can make choosing the right system to meet your requirements quite complex and choosing the wrong one can prove to be costly. System Grading is very important in the case of insurance requirements, we therefore will only install systems that meet Grade 2 & above, then should your insurer require your alarm to be upgraded to Police Response costs are kept to an absolute minimum.

Grade 1 is where a lower risk of theft is anticipated. It applies to a property which is not likely to attract burglars. In the application guide (DC CLC/TS 50131-7), it assumes that a thief is likely to be opportunistic rather than planning a theft and will simply break open a door.

Grade 2 is for a higher risk level. Such a property is likely to have something of interest to an experienced thief who is likely to have some knowledge of how alarm systems operate and possibly carry some tools to help him overcome a simple alarm system. The thief is likely to check the building for easy access through doors, windows and other openings, therefore these are the principal areas of detection.

Grade 3 is for a property which is at reasonably substantial risk, one which, might well contain objects of high value so there is good reason to assume it may be broken into.
An intruder is likely to be knowledgeable about intruder alarm systems and there operation and may attempt to overcome the system.

The thief is likely to get in by penetrating doors, windows or other openings but can also be expected to gain access by penetration of floors, walls and ceilings so additional protection is required.

Grade 4 is for highest-risk properties. Such properties are likely to be targeted by a gang of thieves who will probably have planned the burglary in advance.

They will know some techniques for preventing detection or tampering with intruder alarm systems, and therefore, the levels of sophistication need to be that much greater to prevent this happening.

Mixing components of different grades

The EN standard states that an installer can use different grades of component within the same intruder system.
For example, if the installation has a Grade 2 listing, it is acceptable to use a Grade 3 power supply. However, it is not permissible to use Grade 1 components within a Grade 2 system.

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