Homeowners who truly care about home protection know that it’s not sufficient to simply have a home security system installed and then forget about the system entirely. The more technology improves, the harder thieves will work to break down home security systems and successfully break into your house. A few decades ago, thieves often broke into homes by digging up and cutting the hard wires to deactivate the alarm systems. However, home alarm companies decided to implement wireless technology to make this strategy ineffective. However, since then, criminals have conceived new ways to bypass wireless home alarm systems.
How Do Criminals Outsmart Alarm Systems?
Most criminals take the time to follow new technology and come up with innovative ways to outsmart alarm systems. Criminals have learned that many alarm systems depend on radio frequency signals to permit the sensors to communicate with central units. Criminals can stop the central unit from sounding a siren or alerting an emergency contact. All a criminal needs to do is interrupt the alarm system’s radio signal.
One way that criminals intercept these radio signals is by jamming. A criminal can simply conduct an online search figure out how to use a jammer as well as where to purchase a jammer. Criminals will also find instructions online to make their own jammer with components that cost less than $10. These jammers work by sending EM frequencies in an area. The home alarm systems can pick up these electromagnetic frequencies. Once an alarm system has picked up these EM frequencies, the alarm system won’t be able to send out other radio signal, rendering your home alarm system useless. While the FCC illegalizes these devices, criminals will still make use of them.
Criminals can also use certain devices to determine whether your home’s alarm system is turned on. A criminal can walk through a neighborhood and use their device to figure out which homes have and don’t have active alarm systems.
How to Make Sure You’re Protected
There are a few steps that you can take to ensure the chances that your home will be broken into are as low as possible. For example, you can buy a commercial grade home alarm system. Such a system will feature video surveillance and other top-notch technology. The video from the surveillance will be uploaded to the cloud. You can watch the footage stored on the crowd to catch criminals before they have an opportunity to break into your home.
Another investment that you may want to think about is an alternative power supply. The vast majority of monitors are battery-powered. However, central units need an Internet connection and a cut power supply can interrupt the connection. Therefore, you should have a backup power supply to make sure your alarm system won’t lose connection and that all your other equipment will be able to work.
Finally, you should make sure that your alarm system isn’t your only safeguard against criminals. You should buy window coverings and quality deadbolt locks for your home as well. These are one-time expenses and will help deter criminals from breaking into your home.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Protect America. You can also reach out to us for a free quote when it comes to home security systems.