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How to Choose a Home Burglar Alarm Security System

Feeling safe at home and knowing that your household is securely protected when you are away is essential for everybody. So, whether you have a bigger property or live is a smaller home, a reliable domestic security system is surely worth considering. Yet, most of us have no idea where to start. If you are wondering how to secure your home and what company and equipment to choose for a comprehensive and functional security system that will be on guard at your home day and night, we are here to help.


Home Security System Buying Guide

Many people regard a home security system as a few cameras installed around the house and bundled by some sort of recorder. Modern security systems have long become much more than that. Still built around a bunch of some basic components including motion cameras, multiple sensors, alarms sirens, keypads, and key fobs, today, the best home security systems are complete smart solutions with a whole host of added capabilities meant to make your home a safe and comfortable place to live in. So, before jumping into a purchase and deciding which company and equipment to select, check below of what to look for to make sure you know what you need.


What are the basic components?

With each home security system, there is a starter kit or the set of basic components that make up a comprehensive safety solution. A hub or control panel is the system’s “brain” with regard a Burglar Alarm system. It’s a kind of control unit that will link to all pieces of security equipment and connect to the internet to send notifications and that you will use to adjust the system settings. The rest of the equipment commonly installed are door and window opening detectors, motion detectors, security cameras, key fobs, keypads, and padlocks. The number of these units depends on your household area and the number of potential entrance points it has. When you select a professional, SSAIB certified company a full security survey and proposal by industry experts will ensure your security system is fit for purpose.


What about professional support?

Professional support or monitoring is something many homeowners disregard and for no good reason. This service provides around-the-clock surveillance by the security specialist company. In case of an alarm or alert, experts will immediately investigate the whole situation and take action.

Without professional monitoring, you’ll be the only one responsible for processing security notifications. As an SSAIB Certified company with decades of combined installation experience and thousands of installations completed in Northern Ireland you can rest assured you have found a company that can deliver.


Mobile Apps

Nearly any contemporary hi-tech home security system has a special mobile app to constantly help you keep an eye on the system operation and control it. In fact, an app gives you an opportunity to remotely observe what’s happening inside and outside your house using your smartphone, tablet or PC. You’ll have a chance to instantly connect to any of the security cameras, receive prompt notifications in case of triggered alarms, remotely arm and disarm the whole system as well as access a detailed event log to be aware of everything.


Ease of Use

While providing the ultimate protection to your home, a security system should be easy to use and operate so that you could handle it without a hassle. You need to know where the “panic” button is in case of emergency and how to rearm the whole system. In addition, apart from security notifications, the system should inform you about a power outage, low battery charge on the units, and any technical problems that might occur.


Automation and Smart Home Capabilities

To make the full use of modern security systems functionality, we recommend to our customers that one that also provides smart home automation features. This way, you’ll be able to configure the alarm to automatically deter threats by turning on the lights, sounding an alarm or recorded message or practically any other action that can be automated. Our systems can even shut off the water in the house at the first signs of leakage, or set up some automated routines to save time and money such as switching all of the plugs off while monitoring the energy consumption.



Starting with a few elements of a system, you might want to expand your home security system over time by adding some new devices to it. For this reason, it is essential to get a system that allows for expansion and you need to check this aspect while choosing a security system for your home.



Though security systems are more about functionality than looks, it’s always nice to have a system that will blend with your interior and won’t stick out like a sore thumb. The majority of modern security systems are meant for neat installation to be less noticeable, with no hanging wires and cables.


Professional vs DIY Installed Security Systems

By and large, there are two types of home security systems that differ by the installation method and effectiveness. These are DIY and professionally installed systems. DIY systems come as pre-packed kits you’ll have to install yourself that will certainly take you some time and effort, especially if the equipment needs cable and wire connections. DIY systems are mostly self-monitored via a free app you’ll have to download to your smart device. And though it looks quite convenient, in practice, you can easily miss the alert and, what is more important, fail to respond to any incident. A DIY system is not compliant with BS EN standards and no support from a professional security provider is available.

Professionally installed systems, on the other hand, need no elbow grease from your side and offer professional 24/7 monitoring performed by trained specialists while you’ll still have mobile app monitoring option at your disposal. A properly installed and fine-tuned system that won’t trigger false alarms and will never miss the intrusion at the same time is vital. And you can rest assured all security notifications will be handled in a professional manner. In other words, a professionally installed and monitored security system is hands down more effective and reliable. Your insurance company will likely insist at least a Grade 2 system is installed.


Adaptive Protection for Your Dwelling

Our Burglar Alarm range includes as many as 32 products, available in black or white design to match any taste and interior. All devices look sleek and modern and are created to blend with any contemporary interior design. Providing 4 starter kits, we have something to offer to any premise, be it a house, apartment, office, warehouse, or even production facility. Encompassing the main security and smart hubs with varying coverage range, we will make the core of your security system highly effective and the system can be further expanded depending on the intended use and the area you need to cover.

The equipment we specify for your specific property depend on your specific requirements and usually include a smart hub, motion detector (or combined with camera devices), opening detector, and a key fob to set up the initial line of protection. All detectors are extremely sensitive and responsive. Suitable for all types of doors and windows, opening detectors will immediately inform about the first signs of intrusion via a broken door or window while motion sensors will spot the intruders once they step to a protected territory and even capture a whole series of photos to send to you and the monitoring company. Apart from these pretty much standard devices, we have a wide range of combination detectors and motion cameras as well as glass detectors to send broken glass notifications. And you are free to add as many of them as you need to further enhance your home protection system. At the same time, all detectors are pet-friendly and will not trigger alarms when spotting animals weighing less than 20 kg.


Unbreakable Security

As soon as we build your comprehensive home security system and get it installed and configured by our professional installation team, you can rest assured you’ve got a setup which will provide a reliable protective shield that will stay there and remain functional, no matter what. We ensure maximum independent and flawless security system operation.

All devices feature battery backup, which means the system doesn’t stop working in power outages or internet outage. The hub backup battery will keep it operating up to 16 hours while the batteries on the devices are energy-efficient and can last up to 7 years before you need to replace them. To add more, the system allows for the integration of an extra 12V battery and other emergency power sources and will inform you about the need to replace batteries two months before the batteries run out of power.

The next feature that makes our Alarm Systems state-of-the-art and cuts down the risk of any failures is several communication channels including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and two GSM cards (depends on the hub model). They function in parallel to back each other and make sure you’ll get notifications in time. Besides, to maintain excellent communication security, the system uses its proprietary protocol called Jeweller that supports an operational range up to 2,000 m, detects jamming, encrypts transmitted data, and requires authentication to prevent spoofing. In addition, the hub operates on a proprietary virus-proof and crash-proof system and in case of any malicious interference, the system switches to a free radio frequency and notifies users and our Control Room monitoring centre.


One Step Above the Competition

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Covering all related home security points, our system has a few more aces up its sleeve. Offering a whole range of proprietary hubs capable of managing from 100 to 200 devices and able to connect up to two hundreds of users in multiple premises, it can be used as a base for building up a comprehensive smart home system. Given this and our smart home automation devices range, you can incorporate flood detectors, smoke and temperature detectors as well as smart sockets into a single system to protect your household from leakage and fire risks and to monitor power consumption. What’s more, all those units can be configured to follow certain automation scenarios to help you get the most out of your Ajax smart home system.

To conclude, our Burglar Alarm and smart home system is one of the most comprehensive and well-designed solutions you can find on the modern market. Top-quality equipment will work without a hitch and with a great degree of independence. It is fully worth every penny you’ll pay for installation and will pay off with flawless operation for many years to come with compliance to your insurance company requirements and recognised by the PSNI. The system will be installed and an official SSAIB certificate provided showing the system was installed to, and meets, BS EN 50131 and PD6662 standards.


Reviews of our Burglar Alarm Equipment

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What should I do next?

If you are searching for a best in class Burglar Alarm System in Northern Ireland, give our local, friendly security system installation team a call on: 028 7087 8077 or email: sales@advancedoverwatch.com

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