Vulerability of Traditional Telephone Lines

Over 90% of existing home security systems depend on the phone line. Traditionally  alarm systems used the phone line to connect to a staffed central station that monitors whether the system has recorded an “incident,” such as a possible break-in. After receipt of an alarm signal, the station attempts to call the property owner to determine if an emergency has occurred, and then contacts law enforcement if it can’t verify that the alarm is false.

Alarmingly, if the phone line is cut, it is unlikely that a signal could be transmitted to the monitoring center.

How Can a Traditional Alarm System be Defeated?

There are other ways to disable most alarm systems: an intruder can 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. And that’s where most intruders gain entry. One home security survey in Pennsylvania concluded that more than 80 percent of residential intrusions occurred through the first floor, most of those through the front door or through a first-floor window.

Most alarm systems have an “entry” delay of approximately 30 seconds between recognizing that a door or window has been opened and when the siren sounds – and then an additional 30 seconds before sending the signal on to the central station. The delays are built-in to provide time for the homeowner to turn off the alarm after they’ve entered the house, and even after the siren sounds. But that same delay also allows an intruder time to find and destroy the alarm system’s control panel before it can notify the central station.

Cellular Alarm Systems Are Safer


With the Burns & McBride Go! Control, there is no traditional phone line connection, so the system can’t be disabled by cutting an outdoor phone wire.  We use a built in cell phone. Our wireless home security system sends an alert signal to the central station immediately after a door or window has been opened so it is almost immediately aware of the potential for a security incident.  Motion detectors can also be placed inside and outside the home, so visits to the home can be monitored and recorded online even before someone might attempt to disable an alarm and break in. Plus, if the burglar should try to knock the Go!Control box off the wall or break it in any way – our exclusive “Smash and Crash” protection immediately sends an alarm.

The wireless option is relatively new, but gaining in popularity.  In fact more and more homes don’t even have a traditional telephone line as we all switch to cell phones.

And you’re not the only one who has seen the many movie plots when the alarm wires get snipped.

The burglar has seen them, too.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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