Best Burglar Alarms
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
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
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. What’s 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
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
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
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.
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