Getting to Know Your Alarm System

Duress safety codes.

BY JASON STEVENS

November 11, 2020

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Security systems are more than simply alarms and cameras. Many now have codes that allow you to set off a silent alarm to your security company and emergency teams if your family is in danger. This is called a “duress code”, giving you the opportunity to alert authorities or trick a potential burglar into believing you have disabled the alarm.

If you don’t yet have a security system installed, inquire about the duress code with the technician as well as the company. Every company has a different duress code protocol, and many large companies use a preset duress code. The problem with default duress codes, however, is if a home invader knows that duress code, they will also know you are signaling distress. If your current system uses a default code, immediately change it.

If you’re having a difficult time choosing your duress code, we suggest using your daily code backward. For example, if your usual code is 1123, your duress code could be 3211. It is easy to remember and doesn’t need to be written anywhere if you already know your original user code.

At Brinks Home Security®, you choose your own duress code, giving you control over your system and not having to worry about potential intruders guessing or already knowing your current code. All the information about setting up your codes can be found here or by contacting one of our representatives.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home Security. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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Getting to Know Your Alarm System

Duress safety codes.

BY JASON STEVENS

November 11, 2020

Security systems are more than simply alarms and cameras. Many now have codes that allow you to set off a silent alarm to your security company and emergency teams if your family is in danger. This is called a “duress code”, giving you the opportunity to alert authorities or trick a potential burglar into believing you have disabled the alarm.

If you don’t yet have a security system installed, inquire about the duress code with the technician as well as the company. Every company has a different duress code protocol, and many large companies use a preset duress code. The problem with default duress codes, however, is if a home invader knows that duress code, they will also know you are signaling distress. If your current system uses a default code, immediately change it.

If you’re having a difficult time choosing your duress code, we suggest using your daily code backward. For example, if your usual code is 1123, your duress code could be 3211. It is easy to remember and doesn’t need to be written anywhere if you already know your original user code.

At Brinks Home Security®, you choose your own duress code, giving you control over your system and not having to worry about potential intruders guessing or already knowing your current code. All the information about setting up your codes can be found here or by contacting one of our representatives.

Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home Security. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.

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