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Risco burglar alarm reviews

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Find out more about Risco burglar alarms, including the range of wireless and smart alarms on offer and the features included.

Risco offers a choice of standalone and monitored alarm systems. Both of its alarm systems - Agility and LightSYS - are wireless. 

Unfortunately in our 2019 survey of 1,398 burglar alarm owners, we didn't get a large enough sample size to include Risco in our full results table. 

A brand must be rated by at least 30 respondents to be included. While Risco didn't meet the threshold this year, it was included in our 2017 survey. 

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You can see the full table of our latest results, including unmonitored brands such as ADT, Chubb and Yale, and find out how the brands relate to each other in our page on the best and worst burglar alarm brands.

Risco home security

Risco, also known as Risco Group, supplies a range of security solutions, and both standalone and monitored alarms. 

Monitored systems and dialler alarms

The Eurosec CPX/CP8L, Agility and LightSYS can be monitored by an alarm company, if you want to pay for a contract. With monitored alarms, a call centre is alerted when your alarm goes off. 

If you would rather monitor it yourself, GT alarms can contact you if the alarm is triggered (often called a dialler alarm), rather than you having to rely on a neighbour or pay for a contract.

Wireless alarm systems

It has two home alarm systems: Agility and LightSYS, both of which are wireless.

As well as its own-brand alarms, Risco also sells a series of GT alarms - GT600 and 6001 Series and GT490X/4800 – which are branded as Gardtec, a brand it owns. 

It also sells an alarm from a sub-brand of Gardtec, the Eurosec CPX/CP8L. All of these models are also wireless.

Smart alarm systems

Both the Agility and LightSYS systems are smart, which means you can monitor and control them remotely from your smartphone or tablet – a kind of step up from a dialler alarm – and watch real-time video footage if you've installed cameras. 

Find out more about smart home security in our dedicated guide.

Home security cameras, detectors and smoke alarms

Risco's Agility and LightSYS systems come with wireless indoor and outdoor cameras. Risco says this allows you and/or the monitoring company (if you've paid for a monitoring contract) to view live footage and assess whether an alarm is false or real - this feature is offered by several smart burglar alarms.

The Agility alarm comes with an option for detectors that will warn against fires and floods in your home. You can also extend the smart system to allow you to control other aspects of your home, such as heating, lighting and door locks.

When buying the LightSYS system, you can buy anti-cloak detectors, designed to catch cloaked intruders, as well as a number of additional and more advanced detectors. 

With both these systems, you can also get remote key fobs that allow you to set the alarm without having to key in a number, and panic buttons to alert someone in other emergencies.

All of Risco's alarms under the name Gardtech and Eurosec come with the option of key fobs and detectors for smoke and floods, as well as panic alarms. The 600/1 Series alarms can also warn against gas and CO leaks.

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