Optimising your alarm system: a four-step guide


On this blog, we often advise our customers and prospective customers to install alarm systems. Alarms may not physically prevent intruders from entering your site or premises. Still, they can alert you and your security personnel when something isn’t right, allowing you to take appropriate action. Some criminals and intruders may also be deterred if they know that your site or premises have an alarm system. However, it’s worth noting that alarm systems are like any other security measure: they are only effective if you take steps to make sure they’re effective. That’s why we’d like to offer you some simple tips on boosting the efficacy of your alarm system.

1. Try to place alarms where CCTV cameras can’t see

Your security system probably includes CCTV cameras, but remember that they can’t see everywhere. Some areas may be shielded from a CCTV camera’s line of sight. If possible, try to alarm these areas. Intruders who avoid your CCTV cameras will be caught out by your alarm system. Don’t forget to alarm your outer perimeter as well, though!

2. Ensure your alarm system has a backup power supply

All alarm systems run on electricity, which means they can be rendered useless if there is a power cut. Unfortunately, while power cuts aren’t common, they do happen often enough to pose a threat to your security. That’s why you must connect your alarm system to an independent power supply that can serve as a backup if there’s a power cut.

3. Position alarms at every stage of your security system

It’s tempting only to alarm CCTV blind spots and your outer perimeter (which can be done by adding an alarm system to your security fencing). However, well-organised intruders may be able to overcome or circumvent a single layer of alarms. Therefore, we recommend adding alarms to the outsides of any buildings within your perimeter and placing alarms at strategic points inside those buildings. If intruders break through the first stage of your security system, they may still be caught out by alarms that you have positioned inside.

4. Make sure there’s someone around to hear your alarms

Alarms are only effective if you have security personnel waiting to respond to them. There’s no point in installing an alarm system unless you also make sure you have security personnel on-site at all times.

Alarm systems can be a very effective security measure. If you follow these tips, you should be able to get the most out of your alarms. Contact Zaun today for further advice.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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