Answers to some common questions
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SETTING THE ALARM OFF…
Not usually. Our systems generally do not include break glass detectors. However, more sophisticated systems do have dual-technology, break glass detectors fitted to vulnerable areas.
Unless dual-technology, “pet friendly” detectors are installed the answer must be yes. Standard passive infra-red detectors (PIR’s) cannot distinguish between an intruder and your pets. However our dual-technology pet friendly detectors manufactured by Honeywell, will allow the free access to one dog of 45KG in weight or ten cats, without false alarming.
On our standard audible only systems, there is no connection to the telephone lines, so there will not be a problem if the telephone line is cut. However, on Police calling systems that incorporate a digital communicator, if the phone line is cut, the pre-programmed 10 minute bell delay will be overridden and the system will revert to an “audible only” system that generates a local alarm.
If a Police calling system is fitted that utilises British Telecom’s Redcare Signalling and the phone line is now cut, a “no response” signal will be sent to the alarms receiving centre, who will initiate the appropriate response.
If your system is covered by an annual maintenance contract, there will not normally be a call-out charge levied. However, if the call-out is found to have been caused by the system being damaged or by user error, we reserve the right to make a charge under these conditions.
That would depend on the type and model of control panel that you have installed. The minimum would normally be two.
On the smaller control panels you would be able to change your user code. With the more complex systems, differing levels of authority are available, so it will depend on what level your system administrator issues you with, as to whether or not you can change your own code. The user manual supplied, will give you individual specifications for the control panel installed.
Not normally. We would usually fit movement detectors to areas off the main entry/exit route on domestic applications. However, depending on the layout of the building or the vulnerability of hallway windows, it may be necessary to include a time inhibited movement detector in these areas.
We would recommend that all ground floor rooms include a movement detector. The less vulnerable first floor rooms can be simply and cost effectively, be protected by one movement detector placed on the landing area; as most burglars will come out onto the landing, to see what valuables are available in other rooms.
There seems currently, to be a move within the security industry away from the installation of shock sensors, because of the risk of false alarms. A shock sensor fitted to a window need not necessarily tell the difference between someone breaking in, or a window cleaner banging his ladder against the window.
GENERAL QUESTIONS …
Not usually, we will make every effort to hide all cables where possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to hide cabling.
Possibly, but as most dogs are pets, not guard dogs, it is unlikely that they will attack an intruder.