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Burglar alarms and home security

How to choose a burglar alarm installer

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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There's more to choosing a burglar alarm installer than first meets in the eye. Log in for advice straight from the experts. 

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As well as our tips on choosing an installer, we also reveal the average costs of a burglar alarm and installation, based on our survey of more than 200 Which? members. Log in to read tips about burglar alarms, including what to look out for, what not to compromise on, and how to get the best price. Our research shows that the advice given by installers, and whether or not you were charged for useful extras, varies greatly.

Burglar alarm brands rated

You'll also gain access to our branded burglar alarms guide, which gives customer scores to seven burglar alarm brands, including ADT, Yale, Veritas and Scantronic alarms, as well as local independents.

We've rated two sorts of burglar alarms. The first are monitored by the company and you pay an annual or monthly fee for this service. The company will then call you if the burglar alarm goes off or alert the police. The second type are bells-only or those that auto-dial you if there's a break-in. These don't come with a contract and can often be bought from DIY shops.

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