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How To Install Security Alarm Systems In Listed Buildings



Listed buildings present several security challenges. For instance, they are often considered high-value targets for criminals such as burglars. However, due to their historical significance, achieving planning permission for building work may be challenging, which can cause difficulties when installing security alarms.

 

Listed buildings that are open to the public can also be required to have limitations on visible wiring, and might be more prone to false alarms due to having visitors on the premises.


Plus, even if your listed building is already fitted with a security alarm, it’s important to check that it is working as planned and compliant with all relevant regulations. Many listed buildings can have out-of-date security alarms that are unreliable in an emergency, perhaps even failing to sound altogether.

 

In this article, we will address the best security alarm system solutions for listed and historical buildings, and outline how they can be networked with other security technologies to provide comprehensive cover.

 

 

Consider A Wireless Security Alarm System

 

Wireless security alarm systems are an excellent option for listed and historical buildings, as unlike wired alarms, they do not require cabling to be installed in the walls and ceilings of the building. This ensures as little damage as possible is made to the structure of the property, which makes it more likely that planning permission applications will be approved, or even unneeded in the first place.

 

Wireless alarms are also very convenient for period property owners, as they can easily be checked remotely. Therefore, if your listed building is left vacant for long periods of time, open to the public, or you regularly travel for work, you can check and disable the alarm from anywhere in the world.

 

When combined with other security technologies, you can even automate several security functions at once, such as locking and unlocking doors, viewing live video streams, and turning lights on and off remotely.

 


Integrate With Other Security Technologies


Any effective security system is comprised of multiple integrated technologies. This setup will give your property the most comprehensive security coverage. For example, you could choose to integrate your wireless security system with perimeter security cameras to deter crime and ensure that footage is captured if a break-in does occur.

 

You could even apply for planning permission to install outdoor security lighting or secondary glazing, which can be fitted with window sensors. Secondary glazing is within the regulations of Historic England, and as such, can be fitted on most listed buildings.

 


Navigating The Regulations On Listed Buildings

 

There are five key principles you should remember when arranging for a security alarm system to be installed on your listed property.

 

These are:

 

Ensuring Minimal Damage Your security system should cause no irreversible damage to the structure of the building. Therefore, you should avoid entering the wall cavities, ceilings, or walls wherever possible.


Is The Work Justifiable? You should be able to justify all works done to your property, and only carry out strictly necessary measures.


Is The Work Reversible? You should ensure that all works are reversible where possible. You should also make sure that all works are carefully chosen and installed to maintain the aesthetic and integrity of the historical property.


To assist with this, consider using existing features such as chimneys, voids, ducts, and risers to conceal security equipment.


Are The Works Proportionate? Your security system should be proportionate to the size and risk level of your property. To determine your property’s risk level, you should carry out an in-depth risk assessment before arranging for any security equipment to be installed.


Are The Works Compliant? You must obtain all necessary planning permission before works start on your property. It is a criminal offence to make changes to a listed building without having planning permission in place.

 


Choose An Experienced Security System Installer


An expert security company should be able to provide advice regarding the best alarm system for your listed building, while considering factors such as the risk level of your property and the amount of access that is granted to the general public.

 

At KCS Projects, we are highly experienced in developing and installing security systems for listed properties. With over 20 years of experience in the security industry, we are expert providers of security solutions for period properties.

 

If you have any questions regarding your security needs, we will be happy to help. Contact us today on 01234 230690 to speak to one of our advisors!



The Key Takeaways

 

Installing a security alarm system on your listed property may seem like a hassle, but it is an essential step to protect yourself from criminals. Period properties are frequent targets of burglaries and vandalism, and can be especially vulnerable to irreversible damage.

 

Remember that you are legally obligated to obtain planning permission before carrying out security upgrades to your listed property, but be aware that applying to install a wireless alarm system (rather than a wired one) can make the planning permission easier to obtain.

 

 

Want us to install the perfect security system for your property? Contact our expert team!

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