Defense Against Crime

19/07/2009

Your Alarm system can be compromised.

Home Break-inThe other day my friend Dave had received a flyer from his home security system advertising their new wireless/cellular system.

He’s been thinking about changing over because of just the uncertainly of having a system tied in to the phone system. When he called  his security system to inquire about the switch over cost her was of course told the benefits, but he was also told of  a disturbing tend among the criminal world. As I mentioned in my home invasion series, thieves are less likely to target homes with home security systems. Some thieves are being a bit bold.  They are finding ways to deactivate the security systems or at least prevent them from functioning. The thieves are now cutting lines to the home’s electricity or phone service — or both.

What the crooks tend to do is go to the front door and knock to see if anyone is at home. If someone is home they may just ask for directions.  If no one answers the door they go to the side of the house and cut the lines and then go around back and kick the door in, then burglarize the place. If you happen to have a privacy fence, you are helping to hide their deeds. You may want to strongly consider changing your fence type.

 

Imagine coming home to find wires dangling from the side of your house. The inside of your home is ransacked.  Your WII, computer, flat screen, and wife’s jewelry are all gone.  Your castle would no longer fell secure and safe. Please take the necessary steps to make your home more secure.

 

Here are the recommended security upgrades.

  • Make sure their alarm systems have a working backup battery. 
  • If your alarm companies offers wireless uplinks which ensure that your system will contact the alarm company even if the phone line is down, switch as soon as possible.
  • Add additional countermeasures that make your home harder to access. There are devices like the Strike Master II and the Door Club which make it harder if not impossible for them to kick your door in.

 

For the would-be-thieves, this line-cutting scheme could also backfire on them. Many alarm systems automatically notify the alarm company when the wires are cut, and most new systems have backup batteries to power them if electricity is interrupted.

Burglars also face the risk of electrocution, if they cut the lines the wrong way. (which would be justice in my opinion)

 

Just two days ago, Dave found out that at least 5 homes in his subdivision had been broken into this way. He’s upgrading his system as I type.

 

By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions with our pepper spray, stun guns, and other personal protection products.

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