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Physical

3 Feb 2016 - Your alarm installation may help intruders instead of hindering them.

 

There is always a point at which someone can break in. The best you can hope for is to make it so difficult that a thief moves on to an easier target.

Some customers don’t realize the importance of covering everything. They install locks (which can be picked) and an alarm system, then rely on a single phone line to deliver the message. When the phone line is cut, so is the alarm panel ability to contact the monitoring station.

Alarm companies offering so-called “free alarm systems” are merely amortizing the initial cost of components and installation by charging a high monthly monitoring fee. It’s less expensive to purchase the system up front and pay a lower monthly monitoring fee.

Choosing the “free” system can put your home or business in danger of break-in, because an unscrupulous company might cut corners to get your account. 

“A long time ago I had a customer with alarms in all of the houses he built,” said Vladimir Khayutin, president of BAX Security. “In one house he had 10 or 15 motion sensors, lots of contacts, several keypads, and multiple panels.

“I called a publicly-traded alarm company and pretended to be that customer. Most alarm companies try to install fewer devices, because they don’t want to scare customers with high prices. So they don’t offer everything that’s necessary.”

A typical “Free” system includes two contacts, one motion sensor, one keypad, an alarm panel, backup battery, and siren. 
 
That might be a problem – people with places in their homes that easy to break in. 
 
For example, BAX Security has a hair salon customer. Next door is a convenience store. Before the salon had an alarm, thieves broke in, broke through the wall, and stole $35,000 worth of cigarettes from the convenience store next door.

“So the hair salon called me for an alarm,” Khayutin said. “They have two doors and a front window. I recommended a door contact, a motion detector aimed at the window, and a second motion detector aimed at the back door. They didn’t want to pay another $50, so they didn’t get the second motion.”

Months later someone who obviously knew the system broke into the neighboring barber shop… cut the wall into the hair salon… and cut the wall into the convenience store utility room, where there was no motion sensor. 

Once in the utility room undetected, the thieves had ample time in which to cut the lines to the phone and cellular backup dialer. And then they stole cigarettes again.

“That’s why I think it’s a good idea to have the area near the panel properly secured, to prevent access to the panel and communication device,” said Khayutin.

Alarm system components aren’t the only area in which people demonstrate how cheap they can be.

Combined Internet/telephone packages have increased the popularity of VoIP, which Khayutin doesn’t recommend it to his customers for alarm monitoring.

“If there’s static on the phone line, it doesn’t work all the time,” he said. “You can’t use downloading software, because the line is noisy. Another problem is that when power is out, so is VoIP. Cellular dialers are more reliable, and come with their own backup batteries.”

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