Setting up an alarm system: that's how much it costs you

Door Tomco gepubliceerd op Wednesday 29 April 00:49

Do you want to protect your home from burglars? You can scare them off with an alarm system. You'll find a lot of wireless systems today. But how much does it cost, and what is the biggest price-setter? Bouwsite Alarmsyteem asked a specialized security company.

"When you think about installing an alarm system you have to take a number of factors into account," says Serge Van De Velde of Delta Dore Belgium. "Such as your type of home, the number of doors and windows and whether pets are present. A complete alarm system also consists of 5 parts. Look at them here.
Basic pack from 1.300 euro

"Most manufacturers sell the basis of an alarm system in the form of a pack," says Serge. That pack usually consists of the most necessary parts of a good security system:

- central/siren external siren
- control panel
- single motion detectors
- smoke detector
- opening detectors and/or remote controls
A basic package consists of the most necessary parts of a good security.
Aiphone A basic package consists of the most necessary parts of a good security system.
Motion detectors from 250 euro

You can place a motion detector in each individual room. When the system detects movement in the living room, the alarm triggers. You can optimize this by also providing your corridors with such a detector. Many detectors are available in a pet-friendly version. These detectors do not report a presence if there is a detection of movement below a certain height and volume. On a classic detector you can also place a cover that makes it animal friendly.

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Video motion detectors

There are also video motion detectors that are slightly more expensive but that transmit moving images. Useful to know whether you're really dealing with burglars or whether it's a false alarm. Such a video motion detector is available from 295 euros. Mind you, for this you need an IP-transmitter that quickly costs 650 euros. This transmitter takes care of the communication with the smartphones and tablets.
Opening detectors from 60 euros

Does the alarm have to go off before it breaks in? Then use your door and window contacts. You install them on every accessible opening in the house. A small tip from Delta Dore Belgium: "Do you have cellar windows? Don't forget to provide them with detectors."

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Video surveillance from 230 euro

You can replace or supplement video motion detectors with fully-fledged HD wifi video cameras that also detect motion themselves. Like their counterparts, they set off the alarm when detected. And via the same IP transmitter, they transmit images of the movements in HD to a smartphone. An indoor camera from 230 euros and an outdoor camera from 300 euros.
The calculation

To stick a precise price tag, we start from a standard situation. In this case a detached house with a surface of about 200 m², with a cellar, upstairs, three bedrooms and a walking pet.
How much does it cost to secure this example house?

- A basic alarm pack : 1.318,90 euros
- Motion detectors in three additional rooms : 251,90 euro x 3 = 755,70 euro
- Opening detectors on fifteen windows and doors : 59,40 euro x 15 = 891 euro
- Video surveillance (indoor) 231.10 euros and (outdoor) 301.70 euros = 532.80 euros

Conclusion: The security for the sample house costs a total of 3,498.40 euros.

All prices include 21% VAT. For houses older than 10 years, you pay a reduced VAT rate of 6%. 

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