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How Do Burglar Alarms Work

One of the most reliable ways that you can protect your property is by installing a high-quality intruder alarm system. Regardless of the size of your premises, ensuring that your doors, windows and other entry points are secure is vital to keeping your valuables, family and employees safe at all times.

Over time, studies have shown that buildings that have an effective burglar alarm system installed are up to three times less likely to be broken into than a building without any protection at all. Therefore, having one installed is something that all building owners should at least consider.

Here, we take a closer look at burglar alarms, how exactly they work and the advantages they offer when installed.


Types of Burglar Alarms

Despite the main purpose of burglar alarms being to detect intrusion, the ways in which they operate can vary, resulting in different types of systems. These include:

  • Motion Sensors– These systems can be installed on both the interior and exterior of homes and businesses and work by triggering an alarm when movement is detected.
  • Door & Window Sensors– These alarms are triggered when unauthorised access via windows and doors is identified. And are made up of two parts. The first is installed on the door or window and the second is installed on the door frame and window sill.
  • Shock Sensors– These systems trigger an alarm by identifying an impact or vibration caused by a window or door being broken into 
  • Break Glass Detectors– These types of alarms are triggered when the sound of breaking glass is identified. They contain an audio microphone designed to recognise the frequency of glass breaking.


Burglar Alarm Components

Even though the aforementioned systems can work exclusively, they ultimately work the best when they’re integrated together into one, all-encompassing security system. Having systems that are able to detect a number of activities across several areas of your property, makes it much more difficult for criminals and intruders to overcome.


Control Panel

Every security system comes with a control panel, which as the name suggests, is what is used to control the system. All alarms are connected to the control panel, allowing it to gather and process the information from each detector and respond accordingly. The panel is usually made up of an intuitive, easy-to-operate touchpad that allows the user to enable and disable the alarms as well as communicate with each device. The majority of panels also feature built-in communicators in order to quickly contact the relevant authorities when needed.


Remote Monitoring

As a result of advancements in technology, most control panels now allow you to remotely monitor your alarm system from smart devices such as your phone and tablet. This means that whenever you are away from your premises, you’ll be instantly notified if an alarm is triggered. Ideal if you are spending time away, as this provides the reassurance that you need to know your belongings are safe. The security company that installed your system will also be notified if an alarm gets triggered and will immediately contact you.


How IDS Security Can Help

Here at IDS Security Systems, we have high-quality and effective intruder alarm systems that ensure your building is properly secured at all times, no matter where you may be. With many years worth of experience and 24-hour monitoring and engineering, you shouldn’t look any further when it comes to choosing your burglar alarm.

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If you would like to learn more about our range of burglar alarm systems, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the IDS team today!

School fire alarm system

Schools and colleges must do what they can protect students and staff members from fire. A well-maintained fire alarm system is one of the most crucial components of that effort.


What fire safety measures are required in schools?

According to the UK government's guide to fire safety in new and existing school buildings, schools must:

  • Ensure steps are taken to "reduce the likelihood of fire"
  • Make staff members and students "familiar with emergency evacuation procedures"
  • Install and "maintain fire detection and alarm systems"

The first two items on that list are important, of course, but even the most stringent precautions cannot completely eliminate the risk of fire, and regular fire drills won't help if pupils and teachers aren't alerted when a real fire breaks out.

So it's critically important to ensure that your school has a working, well-designed fire warning system in place.


Installing fire alarms in schools

We at IDS Security have been installing fire alarms for many years.

When planning a new fire detection system, our engineers take the unique requirements of the project into account in order to deliver the best possible solution.

If you need a fire alarm system for a school or college, please get in touch with IDS to discuss your requirements and get a free, no-obligation installation quote.


Fire safety tips for schools

  • Hold regular fire drills to ensure that all pupils and staff know what to do in the event of a real fire

  • Talk to young students about the importance of fire safety to ensure they take fire alarms seriously

  • Make sure people with disabilities are taken into consideration - are fire exits, alarms and assembly points accessible to all?

  • Ensure staff members are familiar with the school's fire alarm system and how it works

  • Carry out regular risk assessments and review your fire prevention procedures frequently to make sure they are as effective as possible

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