As an alarm system owner you may be wondering how often you should get your alarm system serviced. If you don’t set it every day it might be tempting to skip a scheduled service, but the frequency with which you use your intruder alarm does not affect the maintenance schedule; it’s not like a car that may not need such regular servicing if it is not clocking up the mileage. Trying to save money by cutting down on servicing is a false economy, as it will cost you more in the long run if something goes wrong and your insurance company won’t pay out due to an incomplete service schedule.
If your intruder alarm gets you a discount on your home insurance, then it is wise to check the policy documentation; and ensure that if there are any clauses regarding the service and maintenance schedule of your system, that you are abiding by these requirements. Failure to produce a recent maintenance report or service certificate can invalidate an insurance claim, so you could lose out twice if your home is burgled because you either didn’t service, or didn’t set the system properly when you went out.
Domestic and commercial intruder alarms should be serviced at least once a year, and this schedule does not apply only to burglar alarms, but to fire detection systems, access control and monitoring systems and CCTV circuits. At P&R Alarms we offer a range of maintenance contracts designed to cover all users and all systems, and we even remind you when the next service is due, so you can book it at a convenient time.
If you can’t remember the last time your alarm system was serviced it is wise to book a maintenance session now, and from then on stick to an annual schedule of maintenance. If your previous service company is no longer in business and you need to find a new one then look no further – we can service and maintain a huge range of systems, even if we did not carry out the initial installation.
If you have recently moved in to a new home or business premises which came with an alarm system already installed, then you should first change the code to protect against the old owners (or their staff) burgling the premises. It is always advisable to call out an engineer to audit, test and service the system, as this gives you peace of mind that everything is in working order and that it is in line with any requirements your insurance company have set down in the documentation. When we audit and test a system, we can also make recommendations for upgrading or adapting your legacy alarm system to bring it up to the standards you deserve. This is especially important if the nature of the business is different from that of the previous occupiers; their requirements may not have needed such stringent requirements for security as the new business that is about to take over the premises.
Hopefully this has given you some food for thought, and if you think it’s time to get your system serviced, audited or upgraded then give us a call, there is no job we cannot do.