No fake news here, a home alarm jammer does exist and can be used to negate the effectiveness of a wireless home security system. Now, before you panic here’s the good news: unless you own a high-value targeted home, your neighborhood smash and grab burglar isn’t likely to know how or even want to learn how a jammer works or bother to own one.
How Does a Jammer Work?
Your wireless home security system uses RF signals between your different sensors and the keypad to monitor your home. Each security system emits those signals at a specific frequency that is filed with the FTC. A frequency jammer simply sends out a super strong signal on the same frequency as your home system and causes white noise which effectively makes your system deaf to any alarm, such that the main panel cannot detect when a door or window is opened while the alarm is set.
Is it Easy to Get One?
Jammers are not sold on the shelf at your big box store or even at Radio Shack. You might be able to purchase one from a company that produces professional surveillance equipment but you would have to register the purchase with the FTC because it is a transmitter. Security experts say that a frequency jammer might cost around $1800–not worth the time of a smalltime crook. That burglar would also want to avoid the registration, so they might have to pay even more for the unit on the black market.
Are Homes being Invaded Using this Technology?
Here is the really good news. Nobody is even compiling a statistic on home invasions that use a jammer to by-pass a security system because it’s just not happening that often. The vast majority of burglaries are crimes of opportunity where the thugs notice that the homeowners just left and didn’t lock the door behind them. The second most popular means of breaking and entering is using the good old method of smashing a window.
Burglars are not likely to even try ripping you off when you have:
- An active security system–even a very basic one
- A sign in the window declaring the property is protected
- A dog barking inside
- Locked doors and windows
That is not to say that if you have a few hundred thousand in fine art and collectibles in your home that a high-end thief might not try the jammer, but we’re not talking about the average Joe who is looking for laptops and your grandmother’s pearl necklace.
Is My Home Security System Safe?
Ultimately, yes. When you have a home security system–even a wireless one–from a reputable company such as Protect America, you are 60% less likely to be the victim of a home invasion, no matter where you might be living.
If you would like some assistance in selecting the right security system for your home, give the folks at Protect America a call. They will gladly work with you to build a system that best protects your property while monitoring it for an affordable monthly fee.