I've just been informed by my lovely insurance company that I now need an alarm fitted by a qualified engineer. Never had an alarm as it wasn't necessary before & not needed.
But we had always thought about putting up some CCTV camera's for external use as we do get trouble "on the rare occasions" and feel it is worth spending some money on that at the same time maybe?
What I need to know is:-
- where to go to, I don't want a cheapo B&Q jobbie as my insurance company won't approve that. ie any companies people have dealt with that are good & VFM
- what do i need, what i'd like is for the alarm to be able to detect pets (as we have a cat) and not go off. kids are upstairs at night but on occasions 1 or 2 of them are prone to go downstairs for a late night snack (so i'd like to be able to detect that but not then have the alarm going off - maybe record the culprit for late execution!). i think getting alerts on the phone ie as an app or as txt's would be nice, but don't want yet another dedicated telephone line fitted in
- we're based in the south east but noticed that people from other areas pay a lot less for their alarm systems was wondering if any companies from "up north" would be willing to come "down south" at their affordable rates (if we do both cctv & alarm)
- is monitoring really needed or is maintenance better (ie annual)
any advice or contact info people can give would be much appreciated. Checked online with co's like Quicksafe, First Home Security & ADT but they tend to have either low starter prices but then tie you in for 3 yrs)