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5 October 2020

Scantronic burglar alarms review

Find out more about Scantronic burglar alarms, including the range of alarms on offer, their features, and other home security measures.
Liz Ransome-Croker

Scantronic's ranges of burglar alarm systems include i-ON, Hybrid and EN - all of which include hardwired and wireless options. 

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

A brand must be rated by at least 30 respondents to be included. While Scantronic didn't meet the threshold this year, it was included in our 2017 survey. For its unmonitored alarms, it was rated well across all measures and customers particularly liked the value for money, ease of use and the sensitivity of the alarm.

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.

Scantronic home security

Scantronic alarms was originally part of electrical equipment company Cooper Security (also called Cooper Safety), but this was bought by Eaton in 2012, the brand that Scantronic's alarms are sold under. 

Most of its alarms start with the names i-On, Hybrid, or EN, which are then also numbered, such as 9651, 9752 and 9448. 

Its alarms are made for homes and businesses, so vary dramatically in how many zones you can have - anything from seven to as many as 160. 

For the i-On range, the number after the i-On indicates how many zones there are, for example, the i-On30 has a maximum of 30 zones.

You can buy Scantronic alarms from a range of providers online, including Amazon, but most of the products need professional installation.

Our page on choosing an installer gives you expert tips on what to look out for and what to avoid.

Wired and wireless alarms

Scantronic offers a mix of wired and wireless systems. You can also get key fobs for its alarms, which means you can set them at a distance without having to key in a number.

Monitored alarm systems

You can buy some Scantronic alarm systems with a monitoring contract (for an additional fee), which means a monitoring service would be contacted if your alarm went off. 

Dialler and smart alarms

Some of Scantronic's alarms can have a speech dialler incorporated, which will enable the alarm to text or call you if it is triggered. 

A few of the models also have a web-browser feature that allows users to set and unset the alarm system remotely. You can also connect other systems, so you can control lights, sockets or heating, for example, as you can with a smart product.

If you're unsure about the type of burglar alarm you should go for – smart, monitored or bells-only – our guide to burglar alarm types will run you through what to consider.

Other security features and smoke alarms

With some Scantronic systems, you can also buy additional safety monitors to connect to the alarm, such as smoke alarms and flood detectors. You can adjust the sensitivity on some of the detectors.

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