Home Burglar Alarm Systems

At Abacus Fire & Security we consider buying a home alarm system similar to buying a comfy pair of shoes.


We want the right fit for you.

Every home is different, with unique security requirements – which is why we never sell over the phone.

Be wary of those who do!

We need to ensure the security solution fits your home perfectly which is why we always carry out a comprehensive home survey.

Because once you have the right alarm system, like a comfy shoe, you'll be happy putting it on everytime you leave the house; safe in the knowledge there will be no friction along the way.

Speak to us about burglar alarms in Colchester and surrounding areas.

Producing a tailored product
No. We don't makes shoes, but we do tailor our alarms to you!

Some common traits about our home security systems:

They must be Ultra Secure

They must be Simple to Use

They must Not False Alarm

They must Look Neat & Tidy

During our site visit, we'll discuss options, including pricing, to ensure we find a secure solution to meet your budget.

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Standard Home Alarms

What does our standard home alarm system consist of?

We can offer wired or wireless alarm systems, although we find most homeowners opt for wireless as they're equally as secure as hard wired yet much neater, quicker and less disruptive to install, which is often reflected in the price.

Wired or wireless, all our alarm systems are a professional grade (minimum Grade 2 -- unlike those found in most large DIY stores) and consist of, but not limited to, the following components:

Main control panel

This is typically installed in the centre of the house, somewhere like an understairs cupboard or out of the way. It's the control panel's job to communicate with all the detection devices on the system. The control panel also has a built-in speaker to alert you through voice commands the status of the system.

Risco Aglity Wireless Alarm Panel
Risco Agility Wireless LCD Keypad

Remote keypad

The keypad is typically fitted in the entrance lobby, or somewhere on the entry/exit route. This is where you arm (when leaving) and disarm (when entering) your home. You can arm/disarm the alarm system from here using a 4-digit pin code or swiping your key fob up to the proximity reader built into the keypad. Our keypads also have a built in panic button should you ever need it.

Motion detectors

Our motion detections, the little white units in the corners of the room, detect movement through passive infrared (movement of body heat). We can also supply pet-friendly versions, if you have cats or dogs and dual-technology motion detectors for harsher environments such as a summer house or garage.

Risco Wireless Motion Detector
Risco Wireless Door/Window Shock and Contact

Door/window shock & contacts

Door/window contacts are fitted to entry/exit doors as well as other vulnerable doors and windows. These detect vibration/shock as well as when the window or door is opened and closed. The door contact on the entry/exit door will typically initiate the entry timer when entering the home, allowing the homeowner a pre-set time to reach the keypad to unset the system.

External siren

The external siren acts as a visual deterrent as well as a fully functioning 105Db siren to alert neighbours and scare off intruders, when your alarm system is triggered. If you live in a remote rural area without close neighbours we can also offer professional alarm monitoring solutions.

Risco Wireless Sounder

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These are the basic components of our standard home alarm system, however we also offer, and highly recommend, smart alarms which include everything listed above plus a lot more detection devices, great benefits and user friendly features.

For example, smart alarms can be controlled via your smartphone allowing you to check the status of the alarm, remotely arm/disarm and actually see what's going on inside your home through cameras integrated into the motion detectors.