Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about home and business security systems

Home security for rentals

Home security is just as important for renters. We all have possessions that are as valuable as homeowners. Don’t sell yourself short thinking you don’t have options. Watchdog Alarms have portable wireless systems that we can install easily install and remove without leaving marks.

No phone lines required!

Watchdog Alarms prefer to monitor our customers using both cellular (mobile) connections and also IP. Phone line are extremely vulnerable to tampering and compromise by simply cutting the incoming line. Cellular ensures this is not possible.

Do I really need security?

Did you know that most break and enters occur between 10am and 3pm when most people are not at home, and in broad daylight? Most intruders will simply move on to an easier target rather than risk being caught by a home or business with an alarm system.

Do I really need a security alarm system?

It has been proven time and time again that an alarm not only reduces the likelihood of a break in, but should one occur it can also significantly reduce the impact. A monitored alarm ensures that an intruder does not have all afternoon to go through and pick out all your valuable possessions!

Did you know that most break and enters occur between 10am and 3pm when most people are not at home? That’s a pretty big time window for someone to be able to be in your home undetected!

Most intruders will simply move on to an easier target rather than risk being caught by a home or business with an alarm system.

How much does security alarm systems cost?

Security systems vary in price depending on the size of your home, what features you choose as well as the brand of the equipment. Basic systems that are great quality don’t need to cost a lot. A basic system starts from $999

My house was broken into. What should I do?

The most important thing to do is to first ensure the offender/s are not still in your home. Personal safety is the most important consideration.

Once you are sure it is safe to return to your home, or from the safety of a neighbour contact the police immediately and be sure no to touch anything. This could damage vital evidence and DNA that could lead to help catching the culprit!

One important consideration is that statistically you are very likely to be broken into again within 3 months, so make sure you take the appropriate steps to re –secure your home. Also when replacing expensive items, make sure you don’t leave empty cardboard boxes advertising your new purchases on the street!

I am renting, should I consider installing a security system?

Yes, and we have a number of totally portable wireless systems that we can quickly and easily install that are just as quick and easy to remove without leaving marks.

What is alarm monitoring and how does it work?

Alarm monitoring is where your home or business is protected 24 hours a day by a dedicated team of professionals. Alarm signals are sent from your alarm system along with status messages and other system events. We monitor your system for a lot more than just a break in, for example if your power goes out to your home we will notify you so that we can ensure the alarm battery back-up does not go flat before help arrives.

Watchdog Alarms strongly recommends against monitoring your alarm via your phone line, and we can quickly and easily install a mobile data unit that will send your signals securely to our control room using the mobile network. This ensures that compromising the alarm is not as simple as just cutting the phone line

When the alarm is activated we will follow your pre-determined instructions with may be to notify you and any keyholders of the activation. This will include details such as which sensor has triggered and what actions has been taken. We can also send guards if you are not available or are not comfortable attending on your own.

If we determine it’s a genuine alarm (either by video verification or multiple zone activations) then we can also request police attendance.

Can installing a home security system decrease my homeowners insurance?

Generally yes with most insurers offering a discount of around 10 -15%. Monitored alarms will generally get an additional discount of around 5-10%. Its best to speak to you insurer direct.

You may even find that some insurers won’t cover you if you don’t have an alarm system!

Are security systems tax deductible?

This all depends on your personal financial situation. We will be happy to provide a Tax Invoice for both your alarm and monitoring service.

How long does it take for my security system to notify my provider of an intrusion?

Alarm signals are transmitted immediately, and will be received in approximately 10-15 seconds from activation.

Will my pet trigger a false alarm on my home security system?

Pet friendly sensors are available for most systems. We have sensors that will intelligently detect the difference between a person and a pet up to 45 kg, or two dogs up to 24kg each. For the cat lovers out there, the system will also allow up to 10 cats to be in the home.

Can I get a home security system without a phone line?

Absolutely, and this is our speciality. We prefer to monitor our customers using both cellular (mobile) connections and also IP. Phone line are extremely vulnerable to tampering and compromise by simply cutting the incoming line. Cellular ensures this is not possible.

If I lose internet connection, does it mean my security system will stop working?

No, and we would never use your internet connection as the only monitoring path. If we were to connect your alarm to the monitoring centre using the internet, we would always have a back-up path of using a cellular connection.

If there's a power outage, will my security system still work?

Yes, all devices in your system will either have their own batteries (in the case of wireless devices) or will be connected back to the main battery back-up for hardwired systems.

Are wired or wireless security systems better?

With the advances in technology there is no longer a clear winner. Hardwired systems mean you don’t need to replace batteries in sensors etc, but these are harder to install and in some cases impossible to install due to the building construction. All wireless systems that are used by Watchdog Alarms supervise all wireless devices and alert the user and the monitoring centre in regards to low batteries, faults and even if the sensor “disappears” or fails with regular check ins. Wireless systems have the advantage that they are quick and easy to install, and in some cases also mean that you can take the system with you when you leave with minimal disturbance to the property.

Can I take my security system with me when I move?

Generally not as it will leave holes and cables in the walls etc. If we were to supply and install a wireless system this is much easier to remove.

If you are looking at a system that you can take with you, have a chat to us about a wireless system that we can install while minimising the amount of drilling in the property (in some cases we don’t need to do any drilling at all!)