Burglar Alarms & Security Systems

11 October 2023 – 3 Minute Read

How much is it to have a burglar alarm fitted, and who can install it?

On average, burglar alarm installation costs £600 . If you'd like a police monitored alarm this will be more expensive, adding an average cost of £500 to the original installation quote given. You will need to hire a professional burglar alarm and security systems company to install your alarm. You can find companies in your local area through Yell.com .  The cost you pay to have a burglar alarm fitted will mainly depend on the number and type of sensors you want to have installed in your home — some are much cheaper than others.  The cost will also be determined by the amount of cable running between the sensors and the alarm control panel, or if you want a wireless system.

How much does a home security system cost?

If you were to install a CCTV system with one camera, a DVR recorder, wiring and monitor, complete with installation, the cost would be an average of £600 . For every extra camera you have installed as part of the same system, the cost would be around £120 . For a 3-camera CCTV system, the average cost will be £840 . You should also keep in mind additional costs for the everyday running of your security system such as repairs, maintenance and monitoring. The average cost of a maintenance visit is £100 . Repairs on average will be £92 .

How do I choose a burglar alarm installer?

You can find a reputable alarm installer in your local area through Yell.com , and they will be able to explain in simple terms what your alarm system will do to protect your home. You should never feel as though you are being pushed into an alarm installation, or that you are being overwhelmed with technical knowledge. When getting quotes, ask the company for written confirmation of a fixed price to install the system, and how much their call-out charges are. Check customer reviews to see what other people are saying about the company's services. Finally, check that the company provides a Certificate of Conformity for any system they install, which is important paperwork guaranteeing that the system is installed to correct standards. This paperwork should be held by the SSAIB .

Do you need a permit for a home security system?

There is no license or permit that is required for installing a home security system like CCTV. You must, however, ensure that when the security system is installed, it does not infringe on another's privacy. For example, it should not be overlooking your neighbour's property or the street/pavement beyond your property. You do not need an official permit to have an alarm installed, but if you live in a listed building or a new-build with covenants in your homeowners agreement, you may need permission from the council or your housebuilder to install an alarm system.

Are wireless home security systems safe?

A wireless security system is safe, and in some cases can be a safer option than a wired security system. A burglar can easily cut wires linked to a wired alarm system, whereas a wireless system needs to be properly hacked into, which means that passwords need to be figured out, which effectively takes a burglar much longer and can act as a deterrent. Wireless security is also easy to set up and secure, as sensors can be placed on all windows and doors in the home, which only takes a few minutes. You can also have more control over your alarm system if it is wireless, as it can be linked to your phone or a smart device, meaning that you can activate it in just a couple of taps or by asking Alexa to activate the alarm. You can find local home security system installation companies in your local area by using Yell.com .