I was surfing the internet the internet the other day for an entrance alarm and found tons of websites dedicated to providing these products. I was amazed at all my choices: wired, wireless, magnetic, infrared, etc. The list goes on with varying degrees of technology, ease and sophistication. However, one item was of particular interest to me as it seemed a bit out of place at the time: the old fashioned shopkeeper’s bell. Although at first it seemed out of place as an “entrance alarm,” I began thinking that it’s exactly what that is: a way to alert the shopkeeper that someone has entered the shop. It’s beautiful in its simplicity.
While reading about all the various types of entrance alarms, I learned there were a lot of things to take into consideration when selecting your ideal system. You have to consider where you want to place the alarm, if you will be able to hard wire the system or if it will be battery operated, if you want varying features, etc. I learned you should also have a back-up plan in case of emergencies, such as power failures.
However, with a shopkeeper’s bell, it’s a fairly easy installation process and there aren’t many decisions to be made. It will always work during a power outage, there are no batteries to replace, and a sophisticated burglar will have difficulty disarming or otherwise disabling it. Not only is it a practical solution, but an aesthetically beautiful choice as well. It can also lend a bit of elegance to a smaller, quaint shop, such as an antique shop. They come in varying styles and colors of course, but all basically consist of a metal hanger and a bell. A couple of screws and a ladder are all that you will need for installation and you’re ready to go. Additionally, if your clientele consists of folks from the older generation, the sense of nostalgia this bell will incite will certainly please them. Not to mention little children who will also think these bells are “cool.”
If you still feel more comfortable with a more technological entrance alarm, consider using purchasing a shopkeeper’s bell as a back-up in case you do lose power of you forget to replace a battery. These little devices will never let you down and will always be a pleasure to look at.