Modern House Alarms – How Much?
£200 for a basic Yale system:Posted 4 years agoscuttlerMember
no-one takes the slightest bit of notice to a burglar alarm going off
I do – proper neighbourhood watch me but I do work from home a lot of the time and live on a cul-de-sac. Besides if they snap off your euro locks in the middle of the night to nick your car keys you get to know about it.Posted 4 years ago
We’ve an ageing keypad system that needs updating. 4 bed detached and I want to extend the coverage into the garage. North west based. No fancy police response stuff needed but I would like something simple, robust and good quality. I need the Mondeo of alarm systems!
Any ideas on ball park price?Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
I had a couple of local alarm companies round to quote and the price was 700-900 for 6 PIR, a contact sensor, alarm box, and a control box with a dialler. Both were wireless and the control boxes looked dated.Posted 4 years ago
In the end I dis some research and purchased a Alert Gen G7
from Quick Safe
It was £400 for the box, siren, 2 contacts and 3 PIRs. I also got a 3 extra PIRs, a extra siren to fit inside the garage to scare any scum away, and a smoke alarm. It has a GSM module and is easy to setup remotely using SMS or the smartphone app. It you use the proximity tags you can even set it up to tell you when the cleaner arrives, kids come home etc. The siren is solar powered too so no need to get up on the ladder every year to change the batteries or have complex wiring to it.
OK, it’s not the cheapest but, it looks good (so many hade awful control boxes and remotes) and can be set up in a few hours. I can alarm the garage PIR without alarming the others.
Wired alarm probably better if you have the time to take up floors to wire it up.MintmanMember
I’m just getting quotes for my house at the moment but I like the look of the Alert Gen 7 above.
What I don’t understand is if I can figure out where I would want sensors (i’m an engineer so reckon I can think it through properly), why would I pay a company to fit an alarm when there is something like the one above easily available and apparently easy to install?
Do professionally installed alarms (without police response dooberries) offer anything more than a self install system like that above?Posted 4 years agoscuttlerMember
We had a professionally installed alarm and the premium we paid meant I didn’t have to concern myself with sensor placement, cable routing (and associated tools) or programming and testing and for that reason it was worth it.
I don’t know what the insurance industry’s view of self-installed alarms is but if you say you have one you have to use it and (I believe) get it serviced annually.Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
@MintmanPosted 4 years ago
From having the alarm salesman round it was obvious that they have no benefits over the DIY route – for wireless at least. Placing the sensors is easy and common sense with wireless they can be easily moved if you do get it wrong.
The Alertgen alarm actually offered more that the ‘professionally’ fitted one. The help desk is good to if you get stuck.
Sorry to come back to this but I have just had the local alarm fitter out to quote. To fit a Risco CPX wireless system he wants about 800 notes. I have checked the online price and the alarm kit costs 120 all in. Now there may well be a few extra PIRs and door contacts etc but I am struggling to see what I get for the extra 600 quid? My current system is wired but knackered and ancient.
A certificate and what I would expect is no more than a day’s labour. The insurance benefit is worth something to me as I wouldn’t trust myself to install everything but it seems steep. Anyone out there fit these things for a living? One window sensor, two door contacts and 6 PIRs needed. Phone alert to 4 numbers included and 2 keyfobs.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
no-one takes the slightest bit of notice to a burglar alarm going off nowadays.
I do too. Plus I like the keyholder notification bit, so that if I am away my friendly neighbours can at least see what’s going on and tell me if I need to get someone to do something about the gaping hole in my garage door/back door etc.Posted 4 years ago
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