Hope someone can help.....
We have a Friedland SA5 6 zone wireless alarm system that I installed approx
five years ago, and have maintained since. This unit is very similar to Yale
wireless alarms so one or othe is probably a rebadged version.
Anyway we've recently changed house building & contents insurer. Our new
insurer is insisting that there is a maintenance contract in place. I've
been phoning round & consistently failing to find a company who will take on
a diy installed system.
Are there security companies out there who will maintain diy installed
alarms? or will I have to give up & get an equivalent approved system
installed at vast unnecessary expense.
Location is Ealing, West London.
On Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:08:11 +0000, Toby Sleigh wrote:
IME any discount gained by having a burglar alarm is minimal. Best say
you haven't got one. Especially since if you have got one, but had a
break in when it was off (e.g. you were at home) they may not pay up.
On Friday, 15 February 2013 15:13:26 UTC, Jethro_uk wrote:
I've often wondered whether there was any correlation between having / not
having an alarm and being burgled. Certainly isn't something I'd ever both
er to have fitted, unless there was a very compelling financial case which
saved me more than enough money on the fitting cost compared to the discoun
ts on the insurance (which I doubt is an equation which works in practice).
Much as I'd hate to imagine either arriving home with the possessions gone,
or waking up in the night with an intruder around, I still consider it suf
ficiently unlikely to occur that its not worth spending £500-£1000 on (
in addition to insurance!!)
Simple question: when was the last time *you* did anything about a
burglar alarm ?
The muppets across the road from me managed to forget to turn their alarm
off a couple of years ago, on Saturday evening. They got home, tripped
it, and spent the next 2 hours completely unaware it was sounding. I only
went over because after the 2 hours, when no-one else had done anything,
I looked out the window and saw people moving about, with their car on
the drive and them moving about inside. When they answered the door, they
started by insisting it was their neighbours alarm ....
To be honest the loss of stuff would be upsetting, but it's more the
damage that burglars can do that would hurt.
I once heard a policeman giving tips, and a punter was pressing him with
all sorts of increasingly unlikely scenarios. Eventually he just said
"that's what insurance is for."
Havimg been burgled more than oncve - the first time we lost a video
recorder, we have an alarm. As advised by the police "The alarm is to alarm
burglars" we have an internal sounder - very loud. My insurance company
insist on it.
You can never have enough sound bombs, they even manage to drown out my
Seriously making the burglar feel uncomfortable, by what ever method,
does seem the best way to go.
And no, I have not told my insurance company that I have an alarm
fitted, for the reason given earlier, if I don't admit to having one,
they can't hold it against me if for some reason it isn't set when a
break in occurs.
Automatic lighting with a buzzer?
The light illuminates their way, the buzzer tells them nobody is home
Have you EVER heard half a dozen sound bombs go off close to you?
The sound gets inside your head, it's unpleasant, you just don't want to
be there, it's not a comfortable place to be for the "recreational"
You go somewhere else to get your kicks
Not clear how viable that is at the front tho, you'd
likely get some kids revving you up deliberately.
One of my neighbours across the park/walkway that's
the same size as a normal house block has a flat at the
back of the house with a door onto the park/walkway.
Plenty of the kids thought it was a great idea to press
the bell and run off.
Only time I was successfully burgled was many years ago. (a couple of
attempts since then but they didn't get in) And all that was taken was the
VCR. Hardly the sort of thing you could lock up securely when you went out.
In some ways it might be better to leave a reasonable sum of money easily
found. (not on view, obviously) Rather than have the thief do lots of
damage looking for valuables. Most burglaries in cities are simply junkies
looking for enough money for a fix - as soon as they get that or goods
which they can sell, they're off.
*The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
t having an alarm and being burgled. Certainly isn't something I'd ever
bother to have fitted, unless there was a very compelling financial case wh
ich saved me more than enough money on the fitting cost compared to the dis
counts on the insurance (which I doubt is an equation which works in practi
e, or waking up in the night with an intruder around, I still consider it s
ufficiently unlikely to occur that its not worth spending £500-£1000 on
(in addition to insurance!!)
Just put up a fake alarm enclosure/fake TV camera.
You can get them quite cheap with a few LEDS powered by a mini solar
But don't expect any serious thief to be fooled by them. When ADT took
over another company, there was a spate of thefts from properties that
had not had the enclosure updated. The thieves kept abreast of all the
latest developments and they knew that anybody with the older enclosure
was not on a contract and would not be remotely monitored. They were not
worried about a simple alarm, knowing that they usually get ignored.
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