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Best burglar alarm brands

Yale burglar alarms

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Thinking of investing in a Yale burglar alarm? Read on for Which? ratings, based on our survey of owners. 

We've surveyed more than 2,600 burglar alarm owners to find out which brands are best rated for key factors including value for money, alarm quality and sensitivity, as well as overall customer satisfaction. 

Our top-rated brand achieved an impressive customer score of 76%. The brand with the lowest score got 65%.

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We also asked people to rate specific elements, such as ease of installation, value for money, ease of use and quality of the alarm, and its sensitivity. The table below shows all the ratings for Yale alarms.

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Yale burglar alarms

Although it's probably most well known for its locks, Yale sells a number of security products. 

When it comes to alarms, it makes bells-only versions - where you wouldn't know if the alarm went off unless a neighbour rang you - and alarms that will alert you if they're triggered.

Its Smart Home alarm can connect to your mobile phone or tablet using the Yale Home App, which means you can monitor and control it from anywhere. It can also connect with other smart devices from Yale, such as locks, cameras and smart plugs, and other companies, including Samsung.

This isn't unique to Yale - a few different companies sell smart home security systems that can communicate with a range of devices. You can find out more about the possibilities with them, and what you'd need to consider, with our smart home security explained guide.

Yale also has an EF-Series wireless alarm range, which includes three versions. Two are bells-only alarms - the Apartment Alarm Kit for smaller houses and flats, and the Standard Alarm Kit, which includes a few more pieces. 

The Telecommunicating Alarm Kit is effectively a speech dialler alarm. This means that it will contact you, or nominated friends and family, if the alarm goes off. You won't be able to control the system though, like with the Smart Home Alarm. 

All Yale alarms come with the option for a keyfob, which means you can set the alarm away from the control panel and without needing to use a number.

They're also designed to be DIY-friendly, so you should be able to install it yourself. Yale products are widely available in DIY and online shops, such as Screwfix and Amazon, or from its own website.

About Yale 

Yale first started making locks in New York in 1840 and expanded worldwide in the early 20th century. While Yale may be synonymous with locks, it also makes a range of other home-security products, including burglar alarms and CCTV.