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Installation is a key consideration when shopping for a burglar alarm. Can you install the system yourself? Or will you need to shell out for a potentially costly installation service on top of what you have already spent?
Advice given by alarm installers can vary greatly, and the same goes with what they charge you. So, it's important to know all the facts before you agree to pay for an installation service.
Installation is not the only aspect to consider - you also need to think about potential maintenance and monitoring costs, too.
Alternatively, read our free advice on how to choose a burglar alarm installation service.
There are a few different options when it comes to getting a burglar alarm installed, and our research has found you could save around £60 depending on the option you choose.
When buying and installing your alarm, you can either:
Many burglar alarm companies and installers also offer contracts, either for ongoing maintenance of the alarm or for monitoring and responding when it the alarm is triggered.
If you choose to get a burglar alarm contract, you'll need to think about this when choosing an installer.
Not all installers or alarm companies can provide all types of contract, and the company you take out a contract with is likely to want to install the alarm for you.
For local installers and companies, it's worth talking to friends and neighbours who have had an alarm fitted to help you find recommendations.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI or NACOSS) and the Security Systems Alarm and Inspection Board (SSAIB) offer burglar alarm accreditation schemes for installers and alarm companies, checking things such as an installer or company's vehicles and tools, as well as management abilities and financial stability - particularly important if you want to take out a maintenance or monitoring contract. It's wise to make sure the installer or alarm company you choose is accredited to one of these schemes.
If you want a burglar alarm with police monitoring, this is a requirement, as is the case for some insurance companies. Both companies also offer accreditation for installers if this is something you're interested in.
Ideally, the alarm, installation and maintenance should also conform to certain standards - this is a definite requirement if you are getting a contract.
All burglar alarm systems need to be installed and maintained to meet European Standards BS EN 50131 and, additionally for the UK, British Standards Published Document PD6662.
If you want to get a system with police response monitoring, it must also meet the British Standards BS 8243. When you choose an installer or alarm company, it's worth getting its accreditation in writing, as well as written proof that your alarm and installation meets the required standards, so that you have confirmation of this.
Before you go ahead with an installer, make sure you check all of the below: