Posted: 17th April 2014

The Easter Bank holiday break is fast approaching and hopefully you will benefit from a long weekend away from the drudgery of work whilst enjoying the lovely British spring weather

During your time off you may be tempted to make some improvements to your home. Our television schedules are currently being interrupted by a constant barrage of advertisements which encourage you to head off to your local DIY store to buy everything you need to completely transform your house.

If you are one of the millions who will be tempted this weekend I would like to offer you a piece of advice. Walk straight past the DIY alarm section. Buy some wallpaper for your spare bedroom or some paint for the garden fence. Knock a wall down, create a water feature or build a pagoda. Do anything but do not buy an alarm to install yourself.

You probably think this advice is offered because I would prefer you purchased a monitored burglar alarm from the Alarm Monitoring Company rather than saving money by doing it yourself. Far from it, these alarms are not very good. They operate at the very bottom of the technological ladder and are certainly not as all-encompassing as the packaging may suggest. Is anyone going to respond to your alarm when it triggers and the bell is ringing? Do you go for a “bells only” or do you get a fancy one that will send an alert to your mobile phone when you are away from your house? If it does send an alert to you are you going to believe it after a few false alarms? Who are you going to turn to when it doesn’t work or when it keeps false alarming at 2 o’clock in the morning? Will someone answer the premium rate telephone helpline when it will not switch off? How long will it be before you rip it out in frustration and then have to turn to the professionals?

Not only that but I read that more than 200,000 people a year end up in A and E whilst attempting DIY projects.

So enjoy your Easter break, stay safe and try not to eat too much chocolate. Get your alarm professionally fitted (our team will gladly give you a quote). You could save yourself an arm and a leg not only metaphorically but physically as well.

This blog was inspired by my daughters friend who’s Uncle Dave (a plumber) is going to fit an alarm for her this weekend.