As a security system installer, you must be aware that not all home or business intruder alarms are the same. But we often find that our customers (i.e. safety equipment installers and distributors) looking for an Intruder alarm system DO NOT know the different burglar alarm grading.
In fact, there are many installers who are clueless about the Grade of system they must have to meet the insurance requirements of their own customers. Texecom specialises in designing the correct Grade of Intruder alarm for security system installers and all across the UK.
What Alarm Grades Can You Have?
From the October 2005, the existing British Standards – BS4737, BS7042 and BS6799 – have been withdrawn and replaced by the new European Standards BSEN 50131 for intruder alarms and hold-up systems.
There are now four grades under the BSEN 50131 classifications:
Considered as the lowest grade, Grade 1 alarm systems are meant for low risk areas. Installing a Grade 1 alarm presumes that the intruder has little or no expertise.
Grade 2 systems are suitable for low to medium risk areas. Most of your residential clients or small businesses fall into this bracket. Under Grade 2 systems, the intruder is expected to have some expertise along with possession of a few specialist equipment.
At this level of risk, it is expected that both comprehensive knowledge and portable electronic equipment.
This is the highest Grade of alarm system available. Grade 4 system anticipates a planned intrusion by the burglar who has expertise as well as access to the best equipment possible.
Which Security Grade Should Your Client Choose?
In the installation business, it is not just the quality of the graded product matters but also it is the level of security. For example, a PIR motion detector with a lid, wall tamper and anti-masking will be considered as a Grade 3 system whereas in the absence of the above features the Grade will drop to 2.
Although products of different Grades can be mixed within a security system, the overall grade of the system will be that of the lowest grade system used.
It is important to note that an insurance company may refuse to insure your client’s asset if it is not guarded by at least a Grade 2 system. Therefore, it is necessary for you to stock and invest in a minimum of Grade 2 system to provide good customer experience to your clients.
To help our customers get the right graded intrusion system, Texecom manufacture its security alarms for maximum risk assessment to establish the best solution for you and your customers.