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Wired v Wireless Burglar Alarm Systems

Which type of burglar alarm system is best?

One of the most common questions that we are asked is ‘which is best; a wired or wireless burglar alarm system?’. We have therefore put together a guide to help you, looking at all the different aspects of an alarm system that are important; from cost to aesthetics to performance and drawing a comparison between the two types of system:

All of the above comments are of course based on professionally installed systems. Issues with wireless systems tend to arise when it’s a cheap system that’s been installed by someone with general DIY skills and not a specialist security engineer.

So, which system is best overall?

On the important aspects of performance and reliability both wireless and wired burglar alarm systems are pretty equal. Over the long term a wired system is more cost effective but it does require a bigger initial investment and it can take several years to break even. On most other aspects though the wireless system comes out in front and we usually find that this is the most popular system when it comes to new installations.

However, if you already have a hard wired system that you just need to activate (perhaps because you haven’t used it for a while or inherit one from a previous owner of your property) then this is usually a fairly simple process and we’d advise you to stick with it.

The key to getting the best out of any alarm system is of course to look after it through proper maintenance and usage. If you would like to discuss your own burglar alarm options then please give us a call on 0800 612 9799 (from a landline) or 0345 833 5543 (from a mobile).