Intruder Alarms


  • Gerard Honey, Experienced systems installer, Durham, U.K.

Intruder Alarms provides a definitive and fully up-to-date guide to the specification, systems design, integration, installation and maintenance of intruder alarm systems. It has been written to be the essential handbook for installation engineers and security professionals working in this rapidly expanding and developing area. The third edition includes new material on systems integration, digital systems, wireless and remote signalling technologies, and electrical safety.The revision has brought coverage fully in line with the new European standards (EN50131 / BS EN 50131-1), with their implications summarised in a new appendix. The coverage has also been carefully matched to the requirements of the new Knowledge of Security and Emergency Alarm Systems from City & Guilds (1852).
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Security alarm installers and systems designers (commercial and domestic), vocational students (UK: City & Guilds 1852), managers involved in the specification and implementation of physical security solutions.


Book information

  • Published: January 2007
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8167-4

Table of Contents

ForewordPreface1. Intruder Alarm Systems1.1 A complementary part of the security industry1.2 European Standards Euro Norms (EN). EN501311.3 Security grading1.4 Standards, codes of practice and regulations1.5 ACPO Security Systems Policy and response organizations1.6 Local authority requirements1.7 The installation and servicing company2. Intruder Alarm System Circuitry2.1 Detector circuits2.2 Line-monitoring devices2.3 The electromagnetic relay2.4 Power circuits2.5 Control circuits3. Intruder Alarm Detection Devices3.1 Protective switches3.2 Continuous wiring3.3 Glass break detectors3.4 Deliberately operated hold up devices3.5 Beam interruption detectors3.6 Movement detectors3.7 Inertia and vibration detectors3.8 Capacitive detectors3.9 Acoustic detectors3.10 Futuristic detection features3.11 Perimeter intruder detection systems (PIDS)4. Power Supplies4.1 Primary supply4.2 Secondary supplies4.3 Power supply requirements4.4 Ancillary duties4.5 Power supply considerations5. Intruder Alarm Control Equipment5.1 Control panel system facilities5.2 Control panel detector circuit facilities5.3 Conventional connection details5.4 Ancillary control equipment5.5 Intelligent device, mulitplex, data bus networks and addressable systems5.6 Voltage surges and induced electromagnetic energy5.7 Networking. Uploading and downloading6. Signalling Systems and Confirmed Alarms6.1 Audible signalling devices6.2 Visual signalling devices6.3 Electronmagnetic relays: applications6.4 Remote signalling: the alarm receiving centre (ARC)6.5 Remote signalling: telephone lines6.6 Remote signalling systems and connections6.7 Radio signalling6.8 Optical fibres6.9 Alarm confirmation technology6.10 Signalling and active goods protection7. Intruder Alarm Wiring Systems7.1 Survey of modern wiring methods7.2 Installation of supports and cables7.3 Joints and terminations7.4 Fixing methods for devices7.5 Working equipement: safe use8. Inspection and Testing of the Low-Voltage (Mains) Supply8.1 Part P of the building regulations8.2 Visual inspection and testing8.3 Safety precautions and test equipment9. Commissioning, Maintenance (Servicing) and Fault Location9.1 Testing the system9.2 Regulatory authority requirements9.3 Fault finding9.4 Customer care: servicing and maintenance9.5 Test equipment10. Reference Information10.1 Wireless intruder alarms10.2 Environmental protection10.3 Multiplication factors10.4 Reference standards, codes of practice and regulationsIndex