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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!

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