Fitting A Burglar Alarm.

By: Steve Drumm

Various surveys have shown that break-ins in the United Kingdom are lower compared to a decade ago. This can't be attributed to an increase in the effectiveness of our police.

But it might be attributed to the availability of burglar alarm systems that are inexpensive and very simple to install. However, a lot of people are convinced that these alarms are difficult to set up and fit, but in point of fact they are easy to fit and most individuals can do it by themselves.

There is a big difference between a traditional alarm that uses wires and a wireless alarm system, particularly when we talk about ease of installation. Wireless burglar alarms do not require you to hire a specialist to install the product for you. It also bypasses the use of wires making them blend well together with your home décor. So here's a step-by-step guide you can follow to fit a burglar alarm system in your property yourself.

1. The first thing to do is take out all the components of the burglar alarm from their packaging. The burglar alarm kit should include a couple of passive infrared detectors that detects movement, and a couple of contacts that senses when a window or door is opened. It must also include a control panel, a pair of sirens and a telephone lead that allows the alarm to notify your chosen numbers.

2. Remove the packaging strips on the contacts and sensors to start their batteries working.

3. Place the control panel near an electrical outlet and plug the power cord in. The control panel must also be near a telephone socket if the alarm includes a telephone alert facility. You should see a prompt on the control panel display once you switch the power on. Input the 4-digit code during this time.

4. Program the control panel and input which sirens, passive infrared detectors and window or door contacts to to be utilized. Push the test button on each device one by one to carry this out. You should hear a beep from the control panel as a reply and a read out should also be seen on the screen displaying the added device. Next thing to do is to input the chosen phone numbers if the alarm comes with a telephone alert facility.

5. Plug the phone line into the control panel and perform a test call.

6. Verify that the radio range of the passive infrared detectors and door/window contacts are in range of your control panel.

7. Place all of the components in the position that you've selected one by one and push the test button. The device should show on the control panel’s screen if it is in range.

8. fit the door contact adjacent to the top of your door. Next job is to fit the sensor on the frame in line with the door contact. The distance between the two devices should not be bigger than 8mm. The ideal height of passive infrared detectors have to be above the ground with a range of 1.7 – 2.3 meters.

9. install the sirens on the external wall and fix it onto the highest part. Arm the alarm by pressing the button with the ‘A’ label or in some instance, the lock symbol. Input the 4-digit user code that you typed earlier to disable the alarm when needed.

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