How Criminals Bypass Security Systems

Make sure you're' protected.


November 26, 2020

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Homeowners who genuinely care about home protection know that it’s not sufficient to simply have a home security system installed only to 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. Since then, burglars continue to conceive 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. Many alarm systems depend on radio frequency signals to permit the sensors to communicate with central units. An intruder can stop the central unit from sounding a siren or alerting an emergency contact by interrupting the alarm system’s radio signal.

One way intruders can intercept these radio signals is by jamming. Homemade or store-bought jammers work by sending electromagnetic frequencies in an area. Once the home alarm system picks up those electromagnetic frequencies, the alarm system won’t be able to send out other radio signals, rendering your home alarm system useless. While the FCC has made these devices illegal, criminals will still make use of them.

Potential intruders can also use certain tools to determine whether your home’s alarm system is activated. All they have to do is walk through a neighborhood and use their device to figure out which homes have active alarm systems and which ones don’t.

How to make sure you’re protected

Homeowners can take a few steps to lessen the chance of a home break-in. For example, buying a top-of-the-line home alarm system that features video surveillance and other top-notch technology.

Another investment worth considering 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. Ensure there is a backup power supply so the alarm system won’t lose contact and all the other equipment will work.

Finally, the alarm system shouldn’t be the only safeguard against intruders. Consider other safety measures such as window coverings and quality deadbolt locks. These one-time expenses will help deter criminals from breaking in. .

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at Brinks Home™.

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

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