Should I install a burglar alarm system myself?

I’ve seen wireless kits, but I’m not sure whether I should pay for a professional system

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

One of our neighbours was burgled last week, so we’re keen to get an alarm. I’ve seen wireless alarm systems online that you can install yourself. Do they really work, or is it better to pay for a professionally installed system that’s monitored by the police? I’d really appreciate your views.

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Mortgage prisoners: domestic abuse survivors on how they got trapped

Homeowners fleeing toxic relationships can get stuck with large mortgages they can’t escape

Four years ago, without a word of warning, Wendy’s estranged husband stopped paying his share of the mortgage, leaving the mother of one to pay the full £1,100 a month.

Despite this, Wendy*, 46, was still at the mercy of her abusive ex, who prevented the sale of the property and refused to sign the papers when she negotiated a new mortgage rate.

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‘Just don’t waste’: David Attenborough’s heartfelt message to next generation

At launch of BBC nature series Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough says message is finally getting through

David Attenborough has delivered a heartfelt message to children around the world on how they can help save the planet: “Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste.”

At the first screening of the BBC’s forthcoming blockbuster nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, the 93-year-old offered his advice to a five-year-old in the London audience. The boy was overwhelmed by nerves when handed the microphone, so his father asked his question on his behalf: “What can he do to save the planet?”

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