Saturday, January 31, 2009

Your hardwired Alarm system may leave you exposed

The security system you got for free three or four years ago may be worth exactly that. Many security companies concerned about monitoring revenue and service profitability knowingly sacrificed public safety with inferior equipment and poor installation procedures. Clients may never realize that wire leading to door contacts and telephone lines may be tucked underneath vinyl siding or left accessible underneath a crawl space with an unsecure door. Just because the client doesn’t know this is no reason to assume that the criminals are not aware of these vulnerabilities. Wires that are easily accessible may be cut rendering the system inert. Burglaries are on the rise as the economy sputters and an unbiased analysis of your security system is necessary to have the piece of mind of knowing that the system is not vulnerable in this way. Even if the system is certified as properly installed the phone line may still be compromised and an upgrade to a backup GSM module would be a wise investment. If the phone line does not have a tamper module the burglar may simply open the phone box and unhook the main line rendering the system unable to communicate. The GSM module is a cellular module that is installed inside the security panel and is protected by the alarm system. This provides assurance that if a home burglary is attempted that the security system can contact the central monitoring station. This means that the police will be dispatched.
North Carolina residents can receive a no cost security evaluation of their current set up by registering at http://www.whensafetymatters.com or by calling (919) 949-9690.

1 comment:

VA said...

I recently chose a wireless home security system – FrontPoint Security Solutions (link attached for reference: http://www.frontpointsecurity.com/specials/slce-1125-StandOutFromCrowd) – that allowed just the types of advantages of which you write. First of all, because the motion sensors, door/window sensors, etc. communicate wirelessly with the control panel (which in turn communicates via cellular link with a central response system), I did not face the complex design issues associated with installing the wires – in fact, I set up the system myself. And I didn’t have to deal with the eyesore of wires hanging all over my house.
The thing that made FrontPoint’s solution very different is that it is cheaper than most competitors (those offering wireless systems, as well as those offering hardwired systems). For $39.99 per month, I get advanced monitoring services (with a cellular link, providing basic central station response, as well as environmental, health, and fire monitoring), interactive services (SMS and text messaging, remote management), and videocamera services. Some of the other services that I looked at – namely ADT – charged for the cellular link, charged installation and activation fees, and did not even offer videocamera services. In the end, I could get a burglar alarm from FrontPoint with wireless sensors and a cellular communication – impervious to a burglar bringing down my phone line – or just an expensive noisemaker from ADT or Brinks. I chose an economical, reliable alternative – cellular monitoring, with advanced services, at less than $40 per month.