Can police respond to home security systems?

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Home security systems are great for peace of mind. In fact, having one on the outside of your house can act as a deterrent before it’s even called into action. But what happens when your alarm is triggered? Can you get a security system where the police automatically turn up? And what other options are there for monitoring your home when you’re away?

Can police respond to home alarms system in the UK?

Despite what a lot of people think, there aren’t any house alarms in the UK with a direct connection to your local police station.

The alternative is to install a company-monitored alarm system that automatically notifies a central call centre if there’s a problem. Then, if anything happens, most companies will try and contact the property to confirm if there’s a genuine emergency or go round to see what’s happening before calling the police. The problem is this can be inefficient and expensive.

Smart alarms like Hive HomeShield are much more affordable because you aren’t paying anyone to monitor your home then go and check on things. You – or people you trust – monitor your home, and can see what’s going on in your app the moment anything happens. There’s also a button for calling the police directly if you need to.

How does a house alarm work?

Regardless of whether you have an alarm with access to police home security or not, most burglar alarms work in the same way.

They consist of a series of motion sensors and contact sensors which connect up to a siren. The sensors are positioned in vulnerable spots around your home, like the front door and downstairs windows. Then when any of the sensors detect movement, they trigger your siren to ring loudly.

What is the best security alarm system for homes in the UK?

It used to be that the more you paid, the better the level of protection you could expect to get from your alarm. But the good news is, developments in smart technology have changed all that and the best house alarms don’t have to be the ones that cost the most.

With a smart alarm there’s no need to pay for someone to monitor your home because you do it yourself really easily, all from your phone. Putting control of all your home security in the palm of your hand is what smart monitoring is all about. It makes things easier, quicker and more often than not, a lot cheaper.

Just like more traditional alarms, most security packs come with a siren and motion sensors to start you off. But they also make it really easy to build on this, creating a tailor-made system that’s just right for your home. For instance, you might want to add outdoor smart cameras to watch over key hotspots like a garage or garden shed.

Smart alarms, like Hive HomeShield, notify you with phone alerts (or even phone calls if you want them) when your house alarm system is triggered. You can then go to the Hive app on your smartphone to see what’s happened. Through the app you can stop the alarm or quickly connect to your local police station to report an incident.

HomeShield also lets you invite people you trust, like family, friends or neighbours, to receive notifications when the alarm is raised. You can decide from either Partner, Family or Guest permissions and each one has its own level of security app access.

For example, you could give your partner the same level of control as you, whereas your family will only receive alerts and be able to see camera footage. There is also Guest permission which allows you to give people a temporary passcode and you’ll be notified every time it’s used – really useful if you have builders or cleaners coming into your home.

When people you trust are monitoring your home, you’re far less likely to miss an alert. And you can relax knowing that your home is doubly (or triply) protected when you’re not there.

Check out our security packs to find out more about getting the perfect security set up for your home.

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