Home security is important to all of us. Knowing that we are safe, that are children are safe, and that our home is well protected give us great peace of mind. But installing a house alarm can be a costly business. It is a real investment in most cases, so I was intrigued when I was asked to review the DIY Yale Digital Easy Fit Alarm.
“60% of burglaries attempted on UK homes fitted with burglar alarms are unsuccessful…”
The range of Easy Fit Alarms offered by Yale Digital can be installed by anyone apparently. No wires and no hassle. They won’t damage your decor, and you won’t need to lift your carpets. You can use them to secure your home, your shed or your garage.
We were given the Easy Fit Standard Alarm which contains all the following:
- 2 x PIR Movement Detectors
- 2 x Door or Window Contacts
- Keypad Controller
- Control Panel
This kit retails for £219.99.
Installation took a few hours. A few holes needed to be drilled so there was a little mess but nothing too bad at all. The movement detectors and door contacts all went in place with no problems. We positioned the keypad controller in a seemingly sensible place and everything was ready to communicate with the control panel.
This part was a little more complex. If you’re installing the alarm to protect your home as we did, you’ll need some tall ladders and a strong nerve. The Control panel needs to be high up to prevent anyone tampering with it, yet visible enough to act as a deterrent.
Once this is in position the alarm can be switched on to allow all components to communicate with one another. Now this is the technical bit, and I’m quite impressed with it. Apparently a code is transmitted from the keypad controller to the control panel every time you input the disarming code. This is standard practice in DIY home burglar alarms. If someone intercepted this code they can possibly mimic this code and send command to the control panel illegally. However Yale Digital have developed what they call Rolling Code technology which means the transmitted code changes everytime you disarm the alarm making it very difficult for someone else to copy it. By the time they have tried to use it, it has expired. It’s an extra level of security that prevents unauthorised access and keeps you and your family secure.
So the alarm has been in place for a week or so now and it’s very easy to use. We have plenty of time to access the keypad controller and there haven’t been any problems at all. It looks good, isn’t intrusive and blends well into the rest of the decor. We can arm it at night, with strict instructions that the children aren’t to wander downstairs, and I feel safer if I’m on my own.
I like the fact that we can upgrade and build on the standard kit. Extra movement detectors (as well as Pet PIR’s) are available to buy as is a keyfob controller, an extra keypad controller, a panic button (handy for by the side of the bed) and even a smoke detector. Without all of these extras though, the kit is substantial enough to provide a decent, foolproof home alarm system that takes just a morning to install.
So, yes, I would highly recommend this one as a must have. At just over £200, this is money very well spent indeed.
Thank you to Yale Digital for providing the Easy Fit Standard Alarm system for the purposes of this review. The comments and opinions I have expressed here are completely honest and genuine.