Security alarm systems are NOT monitored by the Queensland Police Service.
Security alarm systems should never be regarded as a substitute for good physical security but rather an addition to it.
It’s best to combine a security alarm system with other home security strategies including property engraving or microdoting, installing and using key-operated locks, security screens on doors and windows and external sensor lighting.
What to look for in an electronic security alarm system:
There are two types of systems commonly used:
- Wired systems (wires connect components to control panel).
- A wireless system.
- include at least three detectors for an average low set home and five detectors for an average high set home
- include an internal siren, an external siren with strobe light (with 24 hour battery back-up)
- have anti-tamper switches on the siren, control panel and detectors
- include a ‘user-friendly’ keypad
- be installed and maintained to the relevant Australian Standard.
When buying a security alarm system make sure you get more than one quote so you can be confident you are getting the system that best suits your needs. When doing your research also consider:
- the use of ‘reed switches’ on entry exit doors or on some windows
- a ‘duress’ function in the form of fixed button, pin number into the keypad, or portable pendant
- whether you want the alarm system monitored or simply to activate the siren and strobe at your home and/or to send a message to your mobile phone
- purchasing good quality and correctly positioned detectors to reduce false alarms
- the cost of monitoring, call-out and maintenance.