Is your security system secure?

Is your security system … Secure?

That’s right! How secure is your security system? Can a thief easily circumvent your system?

You have probably spent some good dollars on your security, be it, locks, key systems, alarm, cameras or a safe. But what have you spent toward securing these devices?

How do I secure security devices?

Locks & Keys

  • Who has had possession of your keys? gardeners, pool cleaners, maintenance contractors, friends?
  • If you do not have a registered key system that prevents the easy duplication of keys then you will need to be confident with whom you leave keys to your home with. It is simply amazing how much faith we place in trades that we employ to perform works at our homes and simply hand over keys to allow access whilst we are off doing other things.
  • Do you lock your keys in a key cabinet or safe when not in use? Really you should.
  • Are your locks working properly? As soon as it becomes difficult to lock or unlock your locks you should look at some maintenance measures, and of course call your locksmith when your measures don’t measure up.

Alarm Systems

  • Firstly, is your alarm system working properly? When was the last time you performed a full working walk-test?
  • Being a DC power driven device, the heart of the alarm systems power is relying on the health of the battery. Batteries deteriorate in performance with time. Be sure to install a new battery every 3 years or sooner.
  • Power supplies also deteriorate, they become warm/hot, heat causes deterioration of the life and output capability of the power supply.
  • Detectors performance will deteriorate over time as dust & grime settles on the lens of the device. External detectors will suffer the same effects of oxidation and UV wear as any other component exposed to the outdoors.
  • Like keys, who have you given a code to? It’s a good idea to change your PIN code every so often.

Monitored Alarm Systems

  • Are your response instructions up to date? Going away on holiday? Be sure you can be contacted, and if not practical make sure the monitoring centre is notified on any changes to contacts or how to react to alarm events.
  • Is your phone line protected? Do you have a back-up should the phone line be cut? This is a common form of attack when going away on holiday.
  • How do you protect your phone line? One way is to have external perimeter detection to catch the activity of cutting the phone lines before they are cut.
  • Be sure to have detection devices securing the area where the alarm panel is fitted to enable the best opportunity of it communicating an alarm event before it is possibly attacked itself.

Camera Systems

  • A very popular and useful security device to record what has actually happened.
  • Unless well secured it is also a very easy device to remove from the premises and take away all that evidence it has recorded.
  • So improve the security of the location where the DVR recorder is kept, or look into Cloud recording cameras or Cameras that have an onboard SD card or record to it’s own individual usb hard drive that can be in an inaccessible place.

Safes

  • The most important rule with safes is to buy the right safe in the first instance.
  • Buy a safe appropriate to the value of the contents you are trying to protect.
  • Combine security system efforts by having quality locks, an alarm system to communicate a possible attack on your safe, and certainly CCTV to capture the event.

If I were to summarise all of the above thoughts into a single sentence then I’d have to say that “System Design” is integral to the overall effectiveness of your security system. You do not have to have the most expensive components, but certainly have the components you do have working to their best capability and well secured in their own design so that you can benefit from their purpose.