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Intruder Alarm Monitoring

Remote monitoring, via a standards-compliant Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), provides you with the peace of mind to know that wherever you are, what ever time of day it is, your property is properly protected.

Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC): Providing extra protection

If your property contains high value goods, or is likely to be a target for burglars then remote monitoring by an ARC will provide an extra layer of security and added peace of mind. The ARC will ensure the intruder alarm system and, if required, your CCTV system, is being constantly monitored when the system is armed throughout the day and night.

Ensuring your security system is functioning

Your intruder alarm system will be fitted with an Alarm Transmission System which sends signals to our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). As required by industry standards: EN50136-1:2018/PD 6662:2017 by monitoring these notifications the ARC is ensuring your security systems are functioning properly and protecting your property. You can either choose a Single Path (SP) transmission system so you have one line for the signal, or you can have two lines of transmission (Dual Path), which means if one line fails you have a back-up. If you choose the Dual Path (DP) Alarm Transmission System you can also select how often signals are sent and therefore increase the level of protection you have for your intruder alarm system. The table below shows how much time has elapsed before the system reports a catastrophic failure:

Single Path (SP) Dual Path (DP) Catastrophic Failure Reporting
SP2 DP1 25 hours
DP2 31 mins
DP2+ 11 mins
DP3 4 mins
DP4 3 mins

Monitoring Intruder Alarms and CCTV to ensure appropriate action is taken

remote monitoring

Our ARC will receive an activation signal if your intruder alarm is triggered. The monitoring team carefully filter activations to sort which alerts are false alarms and which alarms require a police response. We can also offer monitoring of your CCTV system and this works particularly well for large or exposed sites.

It can mean that after staff have left for the evening mistakes, such as setting an alarm but then leaving a door open, can be detected and if necessary someone can be contacted to take action to improve security.

The team in our remote monitoring centre will provide a response such as to:

  • notify nominated keyholders
  • notify a linked keyholding service and/or
  • notify the Police in the event of a confirmed alarm signal (BS8243) although you may choose not to have this option.

Meeting high standards to ensure a Police response

We are an NSI (National Security Inspectorate) Gold-approved company which means our security systems meet the rigorous requirements of the standards and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

This means we can be registered with the police in England and Wales and we can obtain a unique reference number (URN) from them for your premises. If you opt for a police response we will notify our ARC of your URN enabling them to identify your premises if any alarms are triggered.

Police response

In the UK, excluding Scotland, the Police commit to immediate response (subject to priorities). However;

  • Immediate response will be withdrawn following three false alarm calls in a rolling twelve-month period.
  • Reinstatement of response can follow the identification of the cause of false alarms and demonstrating appropriate remedial action has been taken.

To receive Police response for a remotely monitored alarm system, any systems newly installed (since June 2019) must conform to the Standards PD 6662:2017 and BS 8243.

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Intruder Alarm and Alarm Receiving Centre Standards

Standards Description
PD 6662:2017 This assures customers that all the equipment and configure alarm systems in terms of equipment and configuration will be in line with the latest European standards. This is a powerful message given the value placed on the PD 6662 scheme by the Police Services in regard to alarm response.
EN 50131 This was phased in to replace British Standards BS4737, BS7042 and BS 6799 and was adopted in October 2005 utilising PD 6662:2004, an enabling document which facilitated the introduction of EN 50131 into the UK.
EN50136 Alarm systems – Alarm transmission systems and equipment – has been in force for some years.
In the process of developing products to this family of standards following the introduction of European
standards for the intruder alarm industry through the implementation of the PD6662:2004 scheme, it has
become clear that some clarification and guidance is needed in relation to these standards.
BS 8243:2021 Design, installation and configuration of Intruder and Hold-up Alarm Systems designed to generate confirmed alarm conditions
BS5979 Remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems.
Code of Practice
This British Standard gives recommendations for the planning, construction and
facilities of manned and unmanned remote centres and for the operation of alarm
receiving centres which receive signals from security systems e.g. intruder, fire,
social and CCTV.
BS 50518 This document specifies the minimum requirements for monitoring, receiving and processing of alarm messages generated by alarm systems taking place as a part of the total fire, safety and security solution.
For the purpose of this document, the term “alarm” is used in the broad sense to include fault, status and other messages received from one or more of a range of safety and security alarm systems such as but not limited to fire detection and fire alarm systems, fixed firefighting systems, intrusion and holdup alarm systems, access control systems, video surveillance systems, social alarms systems and combinations of such systems.
BS7671 BS7671 Electrical Installation Practice for Electrical Energy Storage Systems. This course complements the Code of Practice, covering the steps involved in the planning, installation and commissioning of electrical energy storage systems as well as safe system design.
DD243 This was originally introduced to reduce false alarms and to improve the operation of alarm confirmation. It applies to all new systems incorporating confirmed alarm technology and to existing Police Response systems being upgraded to confirmed alarm technology to re-gain response.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC)?

An Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) is a monitoring station, manned by people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Teams who work in ARCs monitor a range of systems, including fire and intruder alarms, systems for monitoring elderly people, and CCTV cameras.

What is remote monitoring?

Remote Monitoring means your intruder alarm system sends signals to our 24/7 monitoring centre, also known as an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). This gives you the peace of mind that if you do not have access to the internet and do not receive notifications on your mobile you will still have a response to your alarm being triggered and action will be taken to notify the police if necessary. Additionally we can provide this 24/7 remote monitoring for your CCTV system if required.

How does remote monitoring work?

If you opt for remote monitoring we will notify our standards compliant ARC of your unique reference number (URN) enabling them to identify your premises if any alarms are triggered. Once an activation signal is sent to the monitoring centre, for example, an intruder alarm being triggered, the monitoring team carefully filter activations to sort which alerts are false alarms and which alarms require a police response.

Additionally, the CCTV systems which we install can be issued with an URN. We will ensure that your system will meet the requirements needed for you to have a police response if it is needed.

What is the benefit of our NSI Gold Accreditation?

To achieve NSI Gold, we have to meet industry specific standards, which means our security systems meet the rigorous requirements of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). We are therefore able to obtain a unique reference number (URN) from the Police for your premises.

We also have to demonstrate that we operate a Quality Management System (QMS) that is compliant with the BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Standard. Our QMS is tuned to the specific needs of the security sector in which we operate and this helps us to continually monitor and manage quality across our business so we can identify areas for improvement which will benefit our customers.

Can you monitor your own burglar alarm system?

You can choose to monitor your own burglar alarm system but doing it yourself has limitations. A self-monitored system usually refers to a security system that’s set up to send notifications or a phone call via a smartphone whenever a security sensor is tripped. However, you need to remember that you will only receive these notifications when connected to the internet.

If you need a fully-monitored system then you need to opt for remote monitoring by an ARC.

What standards do intruder alarm system installers need to comply with?

We are an NSI (National Security Inspectorate) Gold-approved company which means our security systems meet the rigorous requirements of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and therefore can be registered with the police in England and Wales and we can obtain a unique reference number (URN) from them for your premises. To receive Police response for a remotely monitored alarm system, any systems newly installed (since June 2019) must conform to the Standards PD 6662:2017 and BS 8243.

There are a range of further Standards we need to meet to be able to support you. Please refer to the table above for more information.

Can you monitor your own burglar alarm system?

You can choose to monitor your own burglar alarm system but doing it yourself has limitations. A self-monitored system usually refers to a security system that’s set up to send notifications or a phone call via a smartphone whenever a security sensor is tripped. However, you need to remember that you will only receive these notifications when connected to the internet.

If you need a fully-monitored system then you need to opt for remote monitoring by an ARC.