DIY Alarms or Professionally Installed
If you are a DIY enthusiast, notice I said enthusiast and not expert, there are some self-install DIY alarm options for you. We will look at DIY alarms in more detail but for now, bear in mind they exist, are simple to install and can save you a lot of money.
However, if you require an alarm system which is connected to the police, you will need to opt for a professional installation by an alarm company regulated by an independent body, such as the NSI or SSAIB.
A professional alarm installation should always begin with an on-site survey carried out by a surveyor from your chosen alarm company. The surveyor will assess your security vulnerabilities and design a home security system to meet with your exact requirements. CSS Security Systems offers a free of charge site survey is and a written quotation.
Wireless Alarm or Hard Wired Alarms
Wireless alarms are easier and less disruptive to install. There is no need to lift carpets to run cables under floor boards, move furniture or drill holes through walls. This generally reduces the installation cost compared to a hard wired system. Wireless alarms are also portable, so can be removed temporarily for decorating or permanently if you decide to move home.
Hard wired alarm systems are generally considered more robust, reliable and require less maintenance. A hard wired alarm system would usually be installed by a professional to hide the cables, thus increasing the installation cost.
The installation of a hard wired alarm system should meet with British Standard 4737/BS EN 50131 and conform to the ACPO Intruder Alarm Policy. Ensure this is documented in your quotation should your chosen alarm company suggest a wired home alarm system.
Bells Only Alarm or Monitored Alarm Systems
A bells-only alarm, or audible alarm, does no more than activate an external siren should the alarm be activated. This is the cheapest and most popular option for the average home security system. Think carefully about this choice; Consider how you react when hearing an alarm in your street? If you live in a busy neighbourhood which operates a neighbourhood watch scheme, a bells only alarm system may suffice. If you live in a more remote location, would anyone hear or notice your alarm ringing?
In the case of a bells only alarm activation, Police would only respond if a 3rd party, such as a neighbour or passer-by, witnessed and confirmed an actual break-in.
Let's not forget, any home burglar alarm is a visual deterrent and is better than no alarm at all.
A monitored alarm is connected to an alarm receiving centre (ARC). The alarm panel will communicate with the ARC in the event of alarm activation. The ARC will then notify either the appropriate key-holders for the property, such as CSS Security Systems or the police, depending on the arrangement and other factors. An annual fee is charged for alarm monitoring, this is typically paid directly to the alarm company.
Home security alarms requiring police response must meet certain standards including installation of a graded alarm system installed to British and European Standards and an annual maintenance contract from an approved alarm company. If the police were called to 2 false alarms in a rolling 12 month period the response will be downgraded to a lower level of police response. If further false activations occur the police response will be revoked. To prevent this eventuality, ARC's are required to receive two alarm events within a certain timeframe to initiate a Police response.Follow@csssecsystems
As a business owner you are legally obliged to ensure that all necessary precautions are in place and neglecting your fire safety responsibilities could lead to severe financial penalties or imprisonment.
We’ve installed restricted door access systems in all types of business properties and premises throughout Chesterfield, plus surrounding areas in Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
CSS Security Systems security windows and doors are individually manufactured to a high standard and are hand finished to the most stringent European and UK standards. There can be no compromise.
If you are looking at the highest levels of protection for your home or business, this will necessarily start at the perimeter with security gates barriers and fencing. Your system will be entirely bespoke.
We can also take over maintenance and servicing of existing security systems that have previously been installed and supported by other security companies. Servicing is also available for customers who do not have a maintenance contract.