How much does a burglar alarm cost in 2021?

Ever wondered how much it costs to install an alarm in your home? This is often the first question people ask when considering a home security system. And, frustratingly, it can be one of the trickiest to answer – alarms now come in all shapes and sizes. In this article we’re going to clear up some of the confusion and take a closer look at how much different house alarms cost. So you can find an alarm that’s right for your home and your wallet.


What makes up the cost of the alarm?

Before we explore the various types of burglar alarm in more detail, there are a few other costs it’s worth considering.

Installation

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want your alarm to be professionally installed.

A wired system uses cables to connect all the parts of your alarm together. This requires professional installation which starts from about £200 for a small home of 1-2 bedrooms.

Wireless systems don’t have any cables and instead communicate with the control panel using radio signals, or your home’s Wi-Fi. This type of alarm is usually easier to install – in most cases you can do it yourself. However, they tend to be more expensive than their wired cousins and you’ll also need to factor in the cost of batteries.

Maintenance

It’s also worth checking whether the alarm you like requires yearly maintenance inspections. Think of it as an MOT for your alarm. The cost of maintenance checks vary depending on the make and model but prices usually start at £100.


What are the different types of burglar alarms?

Bells-only alarms

The most common type of burglar alarm is a traditional bells-only system. It consists of a loud siren that sits on the outside of your house connected up to a series of motion sensors placed in key places inside, like the entrance hall and back door. When the sensors detect movement, it triggers an ear-splitting siren.

For a basic starter alarm kit, containing a two to three sensors and a siren that you install yourself, expect to pay around £150.

If you’re after a bigger system with more sensors, the price jumps up to nearer £500.

Dialler alarm systems

If you’re looking for a system that’s slightly more advanced, then a dialler alarm could be the way to go. These set off a siren and also ring your mobile if they detect an intruder.

Similar to a bells-only alarm, they work with a series of motion sensors placed throughout your home.

Prices vary depending on how many rooms you want monitored and how many people you want called in an emergency. A dialler alarm with two sensors and one emergency contact number start at £200.

Monitored alarm systems

A monitored alarm connects up to a central call centre who will notify the police or a private security guard if your alarm detects an intruder. This is a great option if you live in a remote area where a loud siren is likely to go unnoticed. However, it’s also the most expensive.

Alarms like this start at £500. However, you will also need to factor in the monitoring service which can cost as much as £400 a year.

Smart alarm systems

The new kid on the block, smart alarms have been a massive game-changer in the world of home security. These systems use your home’s Wi-Fi to connect different devices together. Allowing you to control your alarm from your smartphone, wherever you are in the world. And that’s far from the only reason why we love them.

Smart alarms, like Hive HomeShield, are an inexpensive way to build a tailor-made system that’s just right for your home. For example, you can start off with just a few sensors and a siren then add really helpful deterrents like cameras and lights at a later stage.

Hive HomeShield offers different packages depending on the size of your home. A small Home Pack, perfect if you have 1-2 bedrooms costs £405. This includes two door and window sensors, one motion sensor, a smart outdoor camera, keypad, siren and the Hive Hub (which is a bit like the heart of your smart home and will work with all your other Hive devices too).

You then pay £9.99 a month which gives you access to a HomeShield dashboard so you can monitor your home’s security from one place. Making it really easy to check in at home in real-time, download incident reports, view old footage or define your Activity Zones.

Hive don’t just make security devices. There are a whole family of smart home products in our shop just waiting to make your life a little easier.

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