Best Burglar Alarms 2020

Best Burglar Alarms 2020 

 When choosing an alarm to protect your house, you want to make sure that you are selecting the right one for you. These days some of the best new alarm systems are smart alarms, which means they are controlled by an app on your smart phone. With all this new technology it might be difficult to choose an alarm that will be the right fit for you. We’ve taken a look and given you an overview of some of the best smart alarms out there. 

 

 Yale IA-320 Sync Smart Home Alarm– £269.99 

https://yalehome.co.uk/sync-smart-home-alarm-family-kit/ 

You can check in from anywhere with the Yale Smart Alarm and receive alerts to your phone when your alarm has been triggered. It will even remind you to set the alarm as you leave the house by monitoring when you leave using geolocation technology. As it’s a smart alarm, you can connect it to your smart devices such as Google Home, Alexa and Phillips Hue. If you have other smart devices in your house, such as smart bulbs, you can combine lights and sounds to create a great deterrent to any burglar.   

You can arm and disarm different parts of the Yale Smart Alarm with your voice and if you have a Phillips Hue integration then your lights can flash red when the alarm is triggered, which adds a visual deterrent. 

If you have pets, the Yale Smart Alarm gives you the option to ‘part-arm’ so your pet can be safely in one room without setting the alarm off. But your house is still protected by the other sensors, you won’t have to worry about false alarms. 

Once you have the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm installed, you can expand to include smoke alarms, smart plugs and extra door and window alarms. 

 

 Simplisafe Essentials Package- £308.94 

https://simplisafe.com/home-security-system-essentials 

What’s included in the Essentials package; 1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor and 1  HD Camera. 

The wi-fi camera that’s included with the essential package alerts you when it detects motion. Whats clever about it is that you won’t get a false alarm; it will only alert you if it detects something with a similar heat pattern as a human. The Simplisafe is easy to install and all the components connect to a base station, so it’s very quick to alert you if a sensor is triggered.  

You will have to pay £12.99 a month to subscribe to an external monitoring service, this allows you to view any recordings and get the alerts to your phone.  

 

 Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit- £247.99 

https://en-uk.ring.com/products/alarm-security-5-piece-kit 

All you need to do to set up the Ring Alarm is to plug in the base and go. The good thing about Ring is that it also uses mobile signal as well as wi-fi, meaning you are always connected even if the wi-fi goes down. You do have to subscribe for these features, its £8 a month or £80 for the year. Ring got their start in doorbells, so it makes sense that the alarm work best when connected to a smart doorbell and other accessories. The alarm siren is very loud and clear, which is great for deterring burglars. It comes with a wireless keypad which can be put anywhere so it’s easy for you to set your alarm when you leave the house. For this kit to work at its best, you will need to invest in some extra gadgets, but it’s a good investment for your security.  

 

Somfy Home Alarm Video Kit- £399.99 

https://shop.somfy.co.uk/somfy-home-alarm-indoorcamera-pack/

 The Somfy home alarm is one of the loudest out there the maximum volume is 112 decibels, which is sure to get rid of any potential intruder! This system allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the sensors to allow for any pets you might have.  it does also come with a fake siren that you can place somewhere else externally on your property, to further deter someone from attempting a break in. There are less expensive kits from Somfy, but they do lack the camera monitoring. 

The sensors that come with the Somfy Kit are very sensitive and respond to the smallest movement, coupled with the fact you can adjust the sensitivity makes the sensors some of the best out there. This kit also comes with a fob, which you can give to any one that needs access to your house, dog walkers, cleaners etc. The siren is also completely adjustable, so you can add a delay if needed and you can select individual sensors to arm on night mode as well. 

 

Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera- £269.99 

https://www.netatmo.com/en-gb/security

The clever thing about this alarm is that it will alert you to an intruder, before they actually break into your house. As part of the system you will receive and install sensors for the windows and doors, these will let you know if someone is trying to force their way in. You can set your alarm system to go off automatically if someone tries to break in. 

Another feature that sets this alarm apart from the others, is the facial recognition. The Netamo system can distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar faces. If the camera spots somebody it doesn’t recognise, you will receive a notification and a video of the break in. While this is happening, your automatic siren will be sounding at 110-decibels, hopefully getting rid of the intruder and alerting neighbour’s to the break in. 
 

For all this advanced tech, the Netamo is relatively easy to install, you can download the app and connect the different elements, stick the siren and camera near the front door, and you’re ready to go!! 

The Netamo alarm know when you’ve left the house and will arm itself automatically and disarm itself when you return. Meaning you never have to worry that you’ve not set the alarm when you left the house. You can use the Netamo pre-recorded noises to give the impression that someone is home as a further deterrent to burglars. You can choose between dogs barking, children crying and even hoovering. 

One major advantage of the Netamo system is that you don’t have to pay monthly to access your videos, they are kept on an SD card that is included in the package, or you can save them to dropbox or FTP server.  

 

Minut- £118.86 

https://www.minut.com/

 This smart alarm is very small and compact, it detects noise and motion in your home and triggers the alarm siren that aims to ward off intruders. As with all modern alarms you can receive an alert on your phone to let you know the sensors have been triggered. It’s is battery powered and can last an impressive 6 months between charges. 

The Minut is easy to fit and you won’t have to worry about false alarms. It’s very accurate and comes with a CO2 and smoke detector, which you can receive alerts about., while also monitoring the temperature and humidity.  It comes with an app and can be controlled from there or, if you have one, a google assistant. The Minut can also be used as a nightlight, which is a handy little feature.  

This alarm doesn’t come with keypad or key fob to disarm the alarm and the only place you can install it is on the ceiling. The monitoring range is 25 metres squared underneath it. 

 

Out of all the alarms on our list, our favourite is the Netamo Alarm System. The facial recognition and lack of subscription fee, makes it the most effective and the best value for money. To find out more about smart ways to protect your home click here. 

 

Info from Good Housekeeping 

Top Tips on Teaching your Kids about Security

There will come a point in your child’s life when you will need to leave them alone in your home for a period of time. This might seem a scary concept, but it’s all part of them growing up. It’s important that you instil good security practice in your child from a young age, so your child knows how to keep themselves safe. We will go through some tips and advice about educating your child on security (without frightening the life out of them!)

 

Your child needs to know they’re safe

It’s important that you reassure your child that they are safe, especially if you are updating or changing your home security method. Chat about your security measures; focus on what it does to keep your home safe, rather than what outside forces can threaten your home (burglars and bad guys etc.).

Installing cameras is a new, modern way to secure your home. However this could cause small children to become afraid and teenagers to moan about their privacy. Our advice would be to involve them in the camera installation, ask them wear they think the cameras should go and show them how they work. Reassure your little ones that they were safe before the cameras were installed, and are even safer now. Maybe make a game if it, see if they can spot daddy on the video feed etc.

 

Security responsibilities

As your child gets older and understands more about security, you may want to outline the responsibilities they have for keeping the house safe. Start small, like making it their job to make sure the door is locked; this will instil a habit of checking every time they leave the house as they get older.

If you have a security system then it’s important that they know how to turn it off and on, especially if they leave or return from school while you are not in the house. Do some practice runs, be sure they have memorised the code and make sure they know what to do if the alarm goes off and you’re not home.

Once they hit their teens and are coming and going from your home alone more frequently, they need to know how to secure the house. This could involve making sure all the windows are shut and locked, checking the alarm is set and they may need reminding that there is more than one door in the house.

 

Safety when home alone

It is not unusual that parents teach their children to not answer the door or phone when they are home alone. This is a great way of keeping your child safe while you are out of the house; however, it’s not for everyone. If you want your child to be able to talk to people either over the phone or through the door, it’s important to set some rules as to how to handle it.

One really important thing you need to teach your child is to NEVER let anyone know that they are home alone. If someone rings and asks to speak to an adult, teach your children to say that you are busy, rather than that you are out. If your child is a bit older then you could get them to take a message, teach them to ask for a name, number and reason for calling. This way you can be sure that anyone who called is not a threat. It’s also important that your children are taught not to give out any information about your family, such as the address of the house, phone number or name.

These rules apply for your child talking to someone through the door. One of the most important rules you can teach your child is to NEVER open the door to a stranger when you are not home. If you are happy for them to speak to someone through the door, then you might want to consider installing a peep hole, or a smart doorbell you can talk through.

 

Install a smart security system

These days there are 100s of smart security systems out there. You can read more about smart security systems here.

Installing a smart doorbell would allow your child to see who is at the door, without letting them know they are in the house. You will also be alerted to anyone approaching the front door, so you can see remotely if anyone suspicious attempts to gain entry. This gives a new level of security for parents and added piece of mind.

You can also get smart locks for your front door; these are particularly helpful if you don’t trust your child with a key. Smart door locks often come with apps, which means you can activate ‘virtual keys’, once activated your child will just need to scan their phone on the lock and it will open.

These smart security systems may give you peace of mind and added security, but they do make it easy for a child to become complacent about security. Seeing as you can lock and unlock your front door remotely with these smart door locks, it makes it easy for a child to get into the habit of not locking the door when they leave.

If you do choose to get a smart home security system then it’s up to you to instil and enforce the same rules we talked about above.

 

Have an Emergency Plan

It’s important that your kids know what to do in the event of an emergency, for example this could include a break in or a fire.

If you have instilled the rule that your child should never leave the house without you, it’s important to discuss times when it would be appropriate. The police advise that if an intruder does enter your home, the safest thing to do is leave (where possible) you need to relay this information to your children. Discuss different routes out of the house, any back doors or conservatories etc. this applies to if there is a fire, your child needs to know the safest and quickest way out of the house. For each emergency scenario, come up with a simple step by step plan of what to do. Practice this regularly to make sure you child knows exactly what they are doing.

Your children should also have a list of numbers they can call in an emergency. These need to be written down in an obvious place or programmed into their phones. These numbers can be 999, a trusted friend or neighbour as well as extended family, grandparents for example.

Its good practice to go over these measures with your children every couple of months, to make sure they haven’t forgotten what to do in an emergency, also the more you practice the more comfortable they will feel doing it in an actual emergency.

 

Online Security

Its not just home security that you need to talk to your children about. With more and more children having access to sites such as Facebook, twitter, Tik Tok and WhatsApp, it’s important for you to talk to them about online safety.

With 34% of children aged 12-17 having experienced some kind of cyberbullying it’s important that you talk to your children about it. It’s interesting to note that 11.5% of kids have admitted to actually cyberbullying someone. So you need to talk to your children about not just being a victim of cyberbullying, but also the perpetrator.

Online predators are another risk when using the internet; an online predator is an adult that uses the internet to entice children for various types of abuse.  This is something you needs to talk to your child about, so they know what to look out for. Encourage your children to stay in ‘safe’ websites that are aimed at children and have safeguards in place. However you should always be aware of any online activity your child has.

There are also an unlimited amount of inappropriate websites your child can access online, so make sure you have the right internet protection. Most internet providers give you the option of blocking certain websites and can filter internet searches, they can also block any inappropriate pop ups.

 

To finish…

The key to all security related worries involving your children is to talk to them about it and be prepared. A child that is unprepared for unsafe situation is more vulnerable than one that is. Whether it be locking the front door or not talking to stranger online, your child needs to know how to keep themselves safe.

 

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