Failure regarding home security systems is often due to neglecting the evident causes of what incorporates almost all home invasions with an active security system. There are a few simple but effective solutions, which we can easily implement to limit such burdens on the consumer.
Misuse of your system is the underlying fault with home security products. Periodic inspections are necessary, especially with motion sensor alarms. When they are improperly calibrated they may not be sensitive enough, or may be hypersensitive. A determined burglar may trigger an overly sensitive access point repeatedly, until a worn out homeowner turns off their system in order to avoid false alarms. False alarms account for approximately 80% of all calls placed through security systems.
In addition, motion sensors are regularly scaled to the height of pets. Burglars are well aware of this and it is manageable to work around it. Moreover motion sensors have individual batteries, which lose efficiency, and should be changed frequently to ensure they are running at peak performance.
Another dilemma that emerges in home security systems is when people buy cheap products as a supplement to their existing system. They often aren’t compatible with each other. Electromagnetic energy can cause disruption between two devices and trigger false alarms. In fact, as more families choose wireless technology, electromagnetic interference has become an increasing issue in security products, and it can cause your system to not respond at all. However, if your house has not been prewired for a security system, the potential drawbacks associated with using a wired system render installation almost impossible. Recently, a growing concern is the use of devices, such as software-defined radio to intercept communications in home wireless systems. Researchers have recently discovered that it is possible to perform numerous attacks remotely by hacking non-encrypted signals sent through the radio frequencies produced by motion sensors. Intercepting these signals can enable them to trigger multiple false alarms, jam signals to the control panel using radio noise, which suppresses alarms, and even learn the password used by the homeowner. Because of these unauthenticated signals, even less expensive devices can be used to simply monitor the signals, making it possible for an intruder to learn the homeowners’ habits.
Though these instances are infrequent, they do occur, which makes it an ever-present concern in faultless home safety. Working with your security company to ensure all access points are covered, and the system is properly adjusted, is fundamental in terms of integrated home safety.