Home Security Insight

Is Cellular Safer?

Cellular Insight

 
Protecting your home and family from burglary is a matter you should not take lightly. Recent FBI statistics reveal that nearly 9 million property crimes take place in the U. S. each year. A burglary occurs every 15 seconds! Therefore, when deciding on how to protect your home from this very possible event, you must make the decision based on the system that will most likely work during the intrusion.
 
There are several systems available to customers in the industry, and unbeknownst to most, not every home security system is the same. From communication methods, technology partnerships, and how to design the system; there is certainly a world of home security that a new consumer needs to know before making a decision about Home Security.

 

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Traditional home security systems use a phone line or internet line in the house to communicate to the monitoring station in the event of a break-in. In a typical home, the phone and internet lines run out of the back or side of the house. It has become common practice for the burglar to simply cut these lines outside of the house before breaking in. This prevents from the system communicating to the monitoring station in the intrusion. According to a filing from AT&T to the FCC in 2009, approximately 25% of all households have completely abandoned landlines altogether; and another 700,000 lines are being cut every month in the US! It really doesn’t make sense to rely on vulnerable outdated and disappearing technology for your home security system.
 
Also, home security systems that rely on the internet will be as reliable as the internet connection itself. In addition, if Internet connection is lost in the event of a power outage, the home security system that is relying on the connection is also lost. Unfortunately, these systems are still available in the market today as an inexpensive way to protect your home. They are using the connections (phone and internet lines) that the homeowner already pays for with another bill. As a result, these companies provide this service more competitively priced to entice price shoppers in the industry. Therefore, shopping on home security strictly based on price could result in using antiquated technology. Going with the “cheapest” security company increases the probability of purchasing a false sense of security, instead of a security system that is going to get the job done in the event of a home invasion.
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Today, cellular systems have become much more popular in the industry. Cellular back-up systems and 100% Cellular options are providing more reliable solutions in the market today. Cellular back-up systems still rely on the phone and internet lines as one, or both, of its primary connections. If and when one of these lines were to be cut or destroyed, the control panel sends a signal to the cellular back-up box (normally located in a closet, basement, or attic) to boot up to make the connection to the monitoring station. This method helps to ensure that your call for help will be placed. The major down fall to cellular back-up systems is the elongated process of attempting to connect to the phone and internet lines first then switching over to cellular.
 
In addition, the system is waiting for the cellular back-up box to boot-up. This process can take several minutes during the break-in if the lines have been cut. The several minutes it takes is just for the cellular system to reach the monitoring station, who in turn, must still contact the homeowner on two phone numbers before contacting the local authorities. During this process, the intruder knows they will have several minutes to get in and out of the home before the homeowner is contacted. This is why 100% cellular systems have come to be known as the safest solution to protect a home from invasion. In a 100% cellular system, there will be a dedicated cellular chip inside or in the back of the physical control panel. These systems do not rely on the phone or internet at all and allow for the cellular chip to be activated 100% of the time, which prevents from boot-up or lag time in the system. By going with a 100% cellular system, it prevents from someone being able to defeat the system by simply cutting the phone or internet lines. This increases the time it takes for the authorities to be notified in the break-in.