Intruder Alarm Installation Checklist

Intruder Alarm Installation Checklist

If an alarm system is not correctly installed or maintained, it can lead to false alarm activations. An ineffective intruder alarm system can lead to the withdrawal of the police response.

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Intruder Alarm Installation Checklist

Inspecting and testing

  1. Detection circuit

    1. All detection circuits are checked for continuity 
    2. The resistance level of each circuit is recorded
    3. The insulation resistance between conductors is checked
    4. All the lids of junction boxes, containers, and detection devices are checked
    5. Any wiring which is concealed should be checked, as it will be difficult to check them later. For example, wires run underneath the carpet, hidden behind plasterboard and etc.
    6. Check all the earthing arrangements in accordance with IEE wiring regulations.
  2. Power supplies

    1. Check the total load of the system with just main power. (This may not be possible with some alarm panels.)
    2. Check the total load of the system with mains off and battery connected.
    3. Calculate the standby battery time and it should be at least 12 hours.
    4. Check the charging rate of the rechargeable battery and record charging rate and the battery capacity.
    5. Check operating voltage of every detector which requires power and records them.
  3. Main connection

    1. A plug or socket is permitted, check whether the system is connected to the main untampered manner and the connection is permanent.
  4. Operational check

    1. Carry out a full operational check, set and unset the system and where applicable isolation of circuits.
  5. Auto-dialling and digital communicators

    1. Check all auto-diallers and digital communicators for correct operations. Make sure they are connected securely and in a protected area.
    2. If the alarm system is connected to a monitoring centre, all correct operations should be checked.
    3. Any additional features by communicator are in operation, they should be checked.
  6. Private wiring

    1. Any private wiring should be identified correctly and sited in a protective area.
    2. Any additional features provided should be checked.
  7. Corrective Action

    1. Any deviations from the initial specification should be justified.
    2. All components of the system should be compliance with the relevant British code of practice.
  8. Documentation

    1. All documents should be completed, this includes system record, certificate of compliance. If keyholders are appointed, those details should be recorded and passed to the police.

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