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There are two sets of passwords associated with security systems because there are two instances that you need them. You really don’t want a pass code that is too easy to figure out and here’s why.
Your key pad code is a very important 4 digit number that you and authorized family members should know. It is the code that will disarm your alarm system or cancel an alarm. Before I confuse anyone I must point out that with most modern keypads, you don’t necessarily have to enter your 4 digit pass code to ARM your system (although some older models you do ). You simply Press AWAY, to arm the systems when you are leaving out the door or STAY / Instant if you are arming your system while you are inside. What I’m talking about right now is Disarming your alarm (turning it off) when you return home. If you own a key fob aka a remote you can just press OFF.
The other type of code you should know about is the PIC (personal identification code). Yes it can also be a 4 digit number , perhaps the same number you use to on your keypad. A lot of people use a word as their PIC. The name of a family pet, a favorite song, a favorite color or a short word that everyone will know. The purpose for this PIC is to provide verification of who you are. Alarm companies want to make sure who you are on the phone. We’ve had home invasions occur where the robber tries to pretend to be the homeowner. So we need a magic pass code that will identify you. Many times an alarm operator will prompt you for this personal identification code no matter what the reason is. Even if you are calling in to ask something about your bill or even to make a change on your account.
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I want to give you some examples of what NOT to have as your alarm password or personal identification code. Alarm companies including ADT Security are cracking down on pass words / pass codes that come up as “too easy”. Your pass code doesn’t have to be that difficult, but gone are the days of using 1-2-3-4. Let’s get real here. Don’t use the last four of your social security number either; and alarm companies frown on codes that are the last four numbers of the primary phone number. Also don’t use your street number (house address).
Here are some other pass codes that are commonly used. They aren’t necessarily all forbidden, but if you can avoid the most popular pass codes you will be better off. By the way this data was based on an analysis of various lists and databases dumped online by hackers. Make sure your PIC password and alarm master code aren’t too weak.
The most common passwords are as follows. Is yours among them?
Please note that if you are wanting to change your key pad’s 4 digit master code, you must do that on your own. In most cases you do not need to call your alarm company’s monitoring station o simply change the pin number on your keypad. That is 99% of the time user controlled. That means you change that on your end. If you need assistance with that refer to your alarm key pads manual (you can usually download a manual for free online if you search for it ) you may call technical support or the local alarm company who installed your system to help you with that.
The only time you need to call into the alarm company is if you intend on changing your verbal phone password aka PIC (personal identification code. Many alarm companies will quickly point out that they don’t really care what your keypads 4 digit code is at home. All they are concerned about is your PIC that you give over the phone (which very well may be the same).
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Motion sensors are great additions for a complete alarm security system. They can be used as a backup for window protection or they be the primary equipment for protecting break ins through windows or other types of burglary of habitat.
Motion detectors can be wireless or hard wired into your alarm’s control panel. They are usually installed indoors in a large area such as a living room, dining room, or even a hallway. The idea is for it to detect motion when someone comes inside its coverage area. Inside the motion detector there is a beam of infrared light . When somebody walks between the light source and the sensor, the path of the beam is blocked briefly. The sensor registers a drop in light levels and sends a signal to your alarm panel (or your control box as some might call it).
There are some more sophisticated motion detectors out there , commonly used on a commercial level where it can “see” the infrared energy emitted by an intruder’s body heat. When an intruder walks into the field of view of the detector, the sensor detects a sharp increase in infrared energy. Of course, there will always be gradual fluctuation of heat energy in an area, so PIR detectors are designed to trigger the alarm only when there is a vast difference in heat signature coming off the body.
All these motion detector designs can be combined in a house to offer complete coverage. In a typical security system, the control box will not sound the alarm immediately when the motion detectors are triggered. There is a short delay to give the homeowner time to enter a security code that turns the system off. Almost every modern alarm system will allow you to arm your home with the motion sensors OFF (such as when people are inside sleeping at night).
Pet immunity motion sensors mean they are tuned to detect a motion on a certain weight limit. There are 40lb weight limit motion sensors (most common) and then there are 80lb and the highest I believe is 100lb. You don’t want to have a motion sensors with a pet immunity of more than 100lbs. It might not be effective . If you own a pet that is pushing close to 80lbs, and they are indeed in your home free to roam while you are gone, then I would treat the pet like a person and just arm your system for STAY mode. Or “doors and windows only” mode. Of course if your pet doesn’t stay inside the home while you are gone, it’s not a factor. Or maybe your large pets are confined to a room or a cage while you are gone. If that’s the case then no big deal. In my view (just for safety) I say pets can freely roam your home if they are under 20lbs without too much worry. If your pet is under 20lbs such as a small dog or a cat, then you really don’t have to worry too much about a motion sensor going off and causing false alarms. Anything over 20lbs (even though a motion sensor pet immunity limit is 40lbs/80/100) . heightens the chances of your motion sensor detecting them anyway. That is just my personal opinion.
If your pet is confined to a cage or room that is out of the motion sensor’s zone then you will be fine. If your pet is large or weighs 50lbs or over and you question whether it will be an issue for your motion detector, you can always treat the animal like a person. On your way out the door, you would set your alarm system to “STAY” ( as opposed to AWAY) . By pressing “STAY” or on some alarm panels its called “INSTANT” or INSIDE etc, the motion sensor is zoned out. In other words it’s by passed and will not be on. Only your doors will be armed and windows too if you have contacts on the windows. It would be the same type of action you would di if a person was left behind in the house. And let’s face it, if you have a really big dog in the house, he or she will be compensate the absence of a motion sensor as far as securing your home perimeter.
If you think your pet is too large or 40lbs or more you can always (when in doubt) treat your animal like a person. On your way out the door you just simply arm your security system to “STAY” (as opposed to AWAY)… some keypads will say INSIDE or INSTANT etc…
This way your motion sensor will be zoned out…. as if someone is inside the home. Your door contacts will be armed and windows too if you have contacts installed on your windows. And lets face it, your large pet will probably compensate the absence of a motion detector as far as securing your home. If your pets are confined to a room or locked in a cage or pet container, a motion detector can be used so long as the pet is confined in an area that is not in the motion senor’s zone area.
If large pets are too much of a problem with motion sensors there are other avenues to protect intruders from breaking in through your windows. You may want to invest putting contact sensors on each and every window. I recommend glass break detectors that are designed to go off it hears the acoustic sound of glass shatter. Weight is not a factor on glass breaks. We’ll talk about glass break detectors in another blog.
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This BLOG is written by Jimmy Maddox, employed by America’s Ultimate Security. The opinions and advise are strictly his and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the company, AUS Inc., ADT Security or any other company that may have been implied.
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They still do but are more rare these days. A lot of statistics report that 80% of break ins occur through a door. There are many reasons for this.
Windows are somewhat more difficult to get in due to many factors such as height from the ground and thickness of the glass.
A lot of gridded windows like the one shown in this picture are difficult to break through and enter.
Double pained and even triple pained windows are another reason a robber would choose a door. Also, if a burglar cuts themselves in the process of a window break in they might leave a trail blood droplets behind which could link them to the crime via DNA testing.
Another thing about windows is that a lot of burglars don’t know how to break in through windows without making a lot of noise. A door break-in can be much quieter and easier for a non intelligent crook.
In a lot of cases doors are the entry of choice because some of them can take only a few seconds to open with a crow bar. But there is always the possibility of a window break in. That’s why if you don’t protect your windows with contacts (due to the low probability) at least install a motion sensor in your home as a back-up. I know that we at America’s Ultimate Security always include at least one motion detector in our basic alarm equipment packages.
Whenever I hear of window break ins they are usually people’s storage sheds in the back yard or perhaps a commercial business that had an old board covering a window where an AC unit was installed and it was just too easy to pass up. But typically window break-ins through residential homes are rare but not impossible. So consider it for what it’s worth.
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Three simple rules. Get to know your system, Stay informed, and stay in touch. Here are some more tips to prevent false alarms that may result in a fine (depending on where you live)
1) Train everyone who lives in your home or works at your business to use your alarm system correctly. These should be authorized people only. My theory is, if you trust them with a key to your home or business you can trust them with their own alarm code. You alarm code can be just one code or you can have up to 6 user codes in some cases.
2) Test your system at least once a month, if not once every other month. It’s very annoying to find out you’ve been paying for your alarm system every month while not realizing its not even working. For ADT customers you can call (800) 662-5378 to test your alarm equipment.
3) Move free floating objects away from motion sensors. Like balloons left over from a party etc.
4) Be aware of guest related false alarms due to untrained staff or house sitters. One customer was babysitting a neighbor’s dog while they were on vacation. They never really thought about the fact that the dog could interfere with their alarm system because of its size. The dog weighed 60 lbs. and set off their motion sensor while they were gone. If that is the case confine the dog to a room out of harms way of motion detectors. Glass break detectors shouldn’t be a factor with animals. Most motion sensors have a pet immunity of 40 -80 lbs. What does Pet Immunity mean?
5) Always call your alarm company of you make any changes in pass codes or contact phone numbers. And also of new authorized or even unauthorized users. I had a customer one time that had a housekeeper on her “approved” list. A year or so later the housekeeper left for other opportunities but the homeowner never took her off the emergency call list. Be sure and change or delete their master code on the keypad and change your verbal phone password (aka PIC) if you feel it may be compromised later.
6) Also if your alarm keypad is old or outdated, it doesn’t hurt to upgrade it. Because over time technology can change for the better. They can be more user friendly too. A lot of my older clients who have been customers with ADT for 15 + years don’t like their keypad because it’s old and not the easiest thing to operate. I tell them to upgrade to a newer more user friendly keypad. A lot of false alarms happen due to old equipment.
I remember motion sensors were a lot more sensitive to false alarms 15 years ago. Now they are much better with the pet immunity feature. Some are heat sensitive too.
We sure don’t want you to get in trouble with your city’s false alarm ordinance. Some towns don’t have them, some do. Why is that?
Read this blog as to why some towns make you get a permit for an alarm system.
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