Security should be one
of the most important considerations for your home. Why fill
your home with your personal effects and decorate it if the home
can be so easily burgled? It makes more sense to have a security
system fitted that will deter intruders and send them elsewhere.
This article is designed to give you an idea of the sort of intruder
alarm protection you'll need in a private house. It does not
replace the advice of a professional Security Surveyor/System
Designer from a reputable security installer. The article will
give you a degree of understanding and help you to discuss your
home's security with a security professional.
Christie Intruder Alarms
(CIA) consider that the best way to protect residential
property is by using trap protection. Trap protection is a
strategy for protecting a property without fitting sensors in
Statistics show that villains rarely break in through windows at
the front of a house. They are even less likely to stay in one
room and leave through the same front window; they are more
likely to go straight to the master bed room. So fitting sensors
in the rear rooms of the house and in the hallway is often
considered sufficient for the ground floor.
Also as kitchens have heat sources (boilers, fridges, ovens,
washing machines and such) and hard surfaces, they are generally
considered unstable areas and rarely contain items of value.
Therefore, as a rule, a kitchen should not be protected with
Through our 35+ years of experience, we have learnt that even
dual technology detectors are unsuitable for kitchens, as the
microwave motion sensor will detect movement through glass, thin
walls and will even be triggered by water moving in pipes.
There are various reasons for adopting a trap protection
strategy. The first is to limit the false alarm potential of a
system and the more detectors a property has, the higher the
false alarm potential. All detectors (even the top of the range
ones that CIA use) sometimes false alarm. These false alarms are
becoming increasingly onerous due to the new hard line that
Police Forces are taking regarding attendance. False alarms
result in withdrawn Police attendance.
Another important factor is cost - using a good quality sensor
would make it expensive to protect each room.
As external alarm boxes are a good deterrent, just having an
alarm system installed by a recognized intruder alarm installer
should deter most villains, whether they are opportunists or
professionals. After all, burglars don't know whether or not
your system is monitored by a central station who will alert the
Police in the instance of an alarm - it's easier for them to go
next door or somewhere that doesn't have an alarm system.
Burglars, and indeed any intruders, are overwhelmingly deterred
by a burglar
alarm (or, as we say in the trade, an 'intruder alarm') more
than any other form of home
security. It is better to take preventative measures as
opposed to the 'shutting the stable door after the horse has
bolted'. You are far more likely to be burgled if you have been
burgled before. Villains are renowned for returning to the same
Break-in's are a unfortunate fact of life. Being broken into in
a residential property is obviously more distressing than a
burglary in the work place and although vandalism is rare, the
loss of sentimental artefacts can be most upsetting.
As the Number One security installer in the South of England, Christie Intruder Alarms (CIA)
Ltd use a combination of detection devices. The most popular
devices are the PIR (Passive Infra-Red) detectors, magnetic reed
contacts, breaking glass detectors, infra-red beams, pressure
pads, case wiring, vibration detectors and dual technology
sensors (sensors that combine Passive Infra-Red with Microwave
or Ultrasonic detection).
Always choose a company that has been awarded the prestigious
NSI NACOSS Gold Medal. The Gold Medal is only awarded to
companies who consistently deliver an outstanding performance in
NSI is an acronym of the
National Security Inspectorate. Formerly known as NACOSS, the NSI is an independent,
not-for-profit approvals body providing inspection services for
the security and fire industries.
For complete peace of mind, many people choose to have their
intruder alarms monitored. If an alarm is monitored, then, when
it detects an intruder it automatically sends a signal via the
phone line and/or cellular network to an ARC (Alarm Receiving
Centre - these used to be referred to as Central Stations or
Monitoring Stations) and the appropriate action is taken. CIA
uses Southern Monitoring Services (SMS) Ltd - http://www.smon.co.uk
New Police/Constabulary Service guidelines (the ACPO Policy on Response to
Security - ACPO are the Association of Chief Police Officers
of England, Wales and Northern Ireland ) state that the
Police will now only attend monitored alarms that confirm alarm
activations (unless installed pre October 2002).
Confirmation is received when a second detection device is
triggered during the same intrusion; therefore, something is
definitely on site and moving around.
On receiving the first activation, the ARC will notify a
keyholder but if a second detection device is triggered in the
same activation, this confirms to the ARC that 'something' is
definitely on site and moving around, and the Police are
If an intruder is detected, a signal is sent from the alarm
system using either a standard digital communicator, BT RedCare, BT RedCare GSM or CSL DualComm, via the
phone line and/or a cellular network.
A standard digital communicator works by sending signals via the
ordinary analogue telephone network, as does BT RedCare,
however, with RedCare the ARC are alerted if the phone line
fails, either through attack or a genuine line fault, as the
line is constantly monitored.
BT RedCare GSM and CSL DualComm send alarm activations via the
phone line and a cellular network to for increased security.
These forms of signalling are ideal if your insurance company
requires your alarm to transmit 'confirmation' signals after a
Your home is your greatest asset. Why leave it vulnerable when
it clearly pays to have your house protected by security
Christie Intruder Alarms
(CIA) Ltd are always delighted to advise on any security
related issues from their headquarters in Waterlooville,