What is a police response alarm and do you need one? 

Considering installing a police response alarm, but unsure whether you really need one and what the benefits are compared to other types of intruder alarms?

Luckily, the experienced team of alarm installers here at Homefront Electrical can help. We’ve installed a variety of intruder alarms in residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Below, we explore how police response alarms work, whether every commercial premise should install one of these alarms, and crucially, whether you should consider installing a police response alarm.

What is a police response alarm?

As the name suggests, a police response alarm is simply a type of monitored intruder alarm that notifies the police when activated. Instead of the police directly monitoring the alarm, the alarm is a monitored by an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) who can then contact the police on your behalf.

How do police response alarms work?

As a police response alarm isn’t directly connected to the police, you may be wondering how these systems actually work. There are different levels of police response alarm: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. We explore these levels and what they mean in more detail below.

Level 1

Level 1 is designed to receive an immediate police response when the alarm is activated.

Level 2

Previously, following two false alarms within a 12-month period, a police response alarm would be downgraded to a Level 2 which means the police will attend, but the response won’t be immediate like it would be for a Level 1 system. This is still implemented in Scotland.

However, in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, a Level 2 response is no longer being used. Instead, the alarm is downgraded from a Level 1 to a Level 3 system following three false alarms within 12 months.

Level 3

A Level 3 police response alarm means the police will only attend following visual confirmation of an intruder or crime in progress. The alarm can become a Level 1 system again, but it must demonstrate 3 months of no false alarm callouts.

Do all commercial premises need a police response alarm?

While many commercial premises will choose to install a police response alarm, it may not be the best option if you receive a lot of false alarms. However, if you’re concerned about intruders or an increase in local crime and want a swift and comprehensive response to any suspicious behaviour at your property, a police response alarm is ideal.

Do UK police respond to home alarms?

In the UK, police will only respond to an alarm system if it’s been allocated a Police Unique Reference Number (URN). This means the system has been installed, maintained, and monitored by an NSI-approved company and that the alarm abides by the stringent requirements set out by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

Homefront Electrical police response alarms

If you’d like to learn more about police response alarms or any other type of burglar alarm, please don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at Homefront Electrical. We offer everything from a comprehensive supply and fit service through to annual inspections and more for locations across the North West of the UK, such as Stockport and Manchester.

Installing every burglar alarm to the latest British Standards, we provide instant reassurance to our clients. For more support choosing the right burglar alarm for your home or business, please feel free to give us a call today on 0161 989 5671.

Alternatively, we also welcome email enquiries sent to info@homefront-electrical.co.uk as well as enquiries submitted using our convenient online contact form

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