Home Security: Control Panel

Is Your Control Panel Protected?

Protect the Panel

It is a common misconception that home intrusions are done on a whim. However, we should not underestimate what a burglar knows and how long they have been thinking about breaking into your home. In fact, most residential break-ins happen during the day because that is when they know most people aren’t home. They normally know you aren’t home because it’s rather common for the burglar to “case the place” before breaking in. If your life schedule is rather consistent and they watch your comings and goings for a few days, they have the confidence to break-in whilst you and your family are out of the house. Criminals that break into homes typically have the same capability of researching home security systems just as a homeowner would. Burglars take defeating home security systems serious. Hence, it’s vital for a homeowner to research home security systems as much as they do.
 
Therefore, let it be known that even a 100% cellular intrusion system can still be bypassed or defeated. It is known by many intruders that in every home security system there is a 30 second entry delay. After the 30 second delay, the system sends the signal to the central monitoring station to start the standard alarm process.
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During the 30 second system delay, the burglar has this time to attempt to defeat the system. Unfortunately, defeating the system within 30 seconds is relatively easy. If the intruder has a standard hammer from your local hardware store, they just simply have to smash the control panel containing the cellular chip before the 30 seconds is up, and that prevents from the system having any way to communicate the break-in to your monitoring station; again defeating the system. To ensure you are getting a system that prevents this method; it is important to ask your Home Security Company about a form of “Crash and Smash Protection.”
 
Companies like Protect America and LiveWatch provide this type of additional protection on the control panel. Whereas big named companies like ADT do not offer this form of additional protection. This protection will prevent the system from being defeated by destroying any hardware during the break-in. Essentially, this added feature allows for the monitoring station to be more interactive during the break-in. By using a cloud technology, your home security system can send a pending signal to the cloud the very first moment a sensor is activated. This way, during the 30 second delay time, the hardware has been alleviated from its duties and is no longer required to send the signal. The signal to the monitoring station now comes directly from the cloud which means if the intruder smashes the hardware during the break-in, it no longer defeats the system because the monitoring station is still going to receive the signal from the cloud.