Intruder alarms have been a staple of home security for decades but with technology constantly moving on and security systems become more advanced, people are raising the question… are intruder alarms still worthwhile?

Sure, there are a variety of other security systems to opt for when you’re securing your home or business premises including CCTV or intercom systems. But don’t be too quick to overlook the intruder alarm. Intruder alarms have a number of benefits and are a key element of home security.

Intruder AlarmWhat Is The Purpose Of An Intruder Alarm?

An intruder alarm serves two purposes; to deter potential thieves from attempting to break into your premises and to alert people both inside and outside of the property when an intruder has gained access to the property.

Even if you live in an area that is considered safe, you may still worry about leaving your home, especially if you’re going to be away for a long period of time.

Intruder alarm systems can help put your mind at rest whilst you are away and can provide protection for the important things in your property.

There are various types of intruder alarms depending on the type of property, building size, location, level of protection required and preference of response method.

Which Intruder Alarm Is Best For Me?

Standalone alarms are the most popular type of intruder alarm. Once triggered, a standalone intruder alarm will emit a high-volume noise with the intent of scaring off possible thieves and alerting nearby neighbours and passers-by.

A standalone intruder alarm is not monitored, which means it solely relies on the noise to scare off intruders and attract attention. Unfortunately, studies show that more than 80% of people would ignore their neighbour’s intruder alarm if they heard it going off, particularly during the day.

If you have good neighbours that would notice something unusual and act on it, then you may have nothing to worry about. If not, it may be more beneficial for you to get a different type of intruder alarm.

If you do not think a standalone intruder alarm will be enough to protect your property, you may want to opt for an intruder alarm that will automatically dial your number when it has been triggered. This way you will know when your alarm is going off and be able to act on it. Alternatively, you may choose a smart alarm system, which will contact you or a designated friends/family member through a smartphone or tablet app when the alarm is triggered.

For ultimate protection against burglary, you may choose an intruder alarm that is monitored by an outside company like our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

An Alarm Receiving Centre is manned by trained ARC operators that check each alarm signal and verify it before taking necessary action. ARC operators will notify the homeowner of the alarm and call the police if necessary.

Are Intruder Alarms Worth It?

Although studies have shown that many people would ignore their neighbour’s intruder alarms, studies also show that more 60% of convicted burglars said they would not attempt to break into a house if they saw an intruder alarm system on the house. Similarly, both London’s Metropolitan Police and a Which? Survey of convicted ex-thieves stated that your home or business property is far less likely to get burgled if you have a well-fitted and maintained intruder alarm system.

Not only are burglary alarms beneficial, but they are also cheaper than other security systems. An intruder alarm system can also help increase the property resale value and can significantly lower the cost of your property insurance premiums.

Even though standalone intruder alarms are successful in deterring potential thieves, they are always best when combined with security cameras and/or a remote monitoring system. This way, if your intruder alarm does go off, you will know about it sooner and can act fast.

Choosing the right intruder alarm can be difficult as it depends on your security needs and the type of property you want to secure. It is important to remember that you should not buy a burglar alarm without getting advice from a security professional.

Get In Touch

Intruder alarm systems provide security and peace of mind for many people. If you are wondering whether to install one in your home or business premises, get in touch with Vistec Systems.

Here at Vistec Systems, we aim to provide our customers with effective and reliable security systems and solutions to their security problems. By using fully integrated intruder detection technology we can help you protect your home or business premises 24 hours a day.

If you need a security system that you can trust, or you have an enquiry about our products please contact us by calling 01293 510792 or email at