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 the eye. Log in for advice straight from the experts.
Which? members can log in now to unlock this page and view our expert advice on finding a burglar alarm installer, based on interviews with professional fitters. If you're not yet a member, join Which? today for instant access.
Our research shows that the advice installers give can vary greatly. Plus, some will charge for useful extras, while others won't.
Log in to read tips about burglar alarms and how to choose an installer, including what to look out for, what not to compromise on, and how you could save nearly £400 on your alarm and installation.
As well as our tips on choosing an installer, logging in will give you access to our alarm costs page, where we reveal the average costs of a burglar alarm and installation, based on our survey of more than 3,412 Which? members.
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 and Scantronic alarms, as well as local independent companies.
We've rated two sorts of burglar alarms: bells-only or auto-dial alarms, which you can often buy from DIY shops, and those that come with a monitoring contract. With these, you pay a monthly or annual fee, and a company monitors your alarm for you. Depending on the service you choose, they will either call you or the police when your alarm is triggered.