Most people don’t think about the possibility of their alarm system being tampered with or even destroyed if their home becomes a target of a break in or other invasion. Yes, your alarm sometimes can become a target before a robber breaks in. Here I will go over some tips for when you choose an alarm system and how its installed.
If your home is already pre wired for an alarm system then everything has already been set for you. 80% of the time your alarm keypad (or touchpad as they now call them) is located near the door leading to the garage, sometimes in a utility room. I realize every house is different and some people don’t have garages but let me just use that type of house as an example. I will follow it with other examples as well.
Having your alarm’s keypad near the garage is a convenience. It’s also safer to have it located there too. I’ve been in some houses where a customer needed a new system installed and they requested the keypad be near the front door. I’ve seen many homes where the keypad is near the front door and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you want to optimize security for your security (alarm), then its best (in my view) to locate the keypad anywhere but by the front door. The reason for this is a robber can try and smash the alarm device if they can locate it, especially when it’s readily visible near the entrance or easily accessible from first floor windows. Most statistics will show that 80% of home break ins occurred through the first floor, most of those through the front door or through a first-floor window.
Now realistically, if a robber tries to whack your alarm keypad with a hammer there is a good chance the impact will set off a tamper. That’s right, some alarm keypads have a tamper sensor on them and so the alarm could actually go off even if they try to destroy the pad.
So if you have the freedom to choose where your keypad goes, try to place it in a kitchen or hallway or some neutral area. If the robber has to ‘look’ for it, there is a good chance your systems motion detector will find him before he has chance to destroy your alarm system.
Again, these things are rare but I just wanted to give you some tips.
If you have any questions feel free to comment here and I will get back with you. Thanks for reading.
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.