7 Mistakes That Waste a Back to Base Alarm!

So, you’ve finally made the move and installed your back to base alarm. You’re sleeping better, with the knowledge that nobody can come into your house without a big burly security guard following them within a couple of minutes. You’re happy knowing that you’re coming home to an empty house, where everything is just as you left it. All this newfound peace is good … but don’t get complacent! Many people end up ‘wasting’ their back to base alarm through these mistakes. Don’t make them yourself!

Trying to DIY Your System

Many people try to save money by self-installing a security system. This isn’t ideal – in some cases it will void the warranty, and not all companies will monitor self-installed systems because of the more frequent false alarms and possibility of failure.

Forgetting to Turn It On!

Oh, the irony! Your insurance company will be most unhappy if they give you a discount on your premium for having a security system, you forget to turn it on and are subsequently burgled. You’d face the stress of a break-in, PLUS the possibility that your insurance may not even pay out!

Choosing Contracted Monitoring

The majority of back to base alarm monitoring companies require you to sign a monitoring contract for a minimum of 6 months. Unfortunately, once they have you on contract their service often goes downhill! Choose a non-contracted service like Pacific Security Technology, where your business must be EARNT every time we speak to you!

Thinking That All Back to Base Alarm Monitoring Companies Are the Same

There is just as much variety in the back to base alarm monitoring game as in any other industry. Shop around for the best price, the best service, and the best selection of alarms!

Being Careless with the Codes

Your codes should be changed every 3-6 months. You should also assign temporary codes to any tradespeople who need to come in, and delete them immediately afterwards. Your codes should not be written down in any obvious place in the house – though you could file them in an obscure spot. Neither should your codes be stored on your computer, which could be hacked.

Setting a Single Zone

It’s easy to have a single zone on your back to base alarm for your entire house, but not the safest option. The ability to alarm part of the house while you are home (for example, the non-sleeping areas or just the front and back doors) can be a massive boost to safety.

Failing to Replace the Backup Battery

Most security systems have a warning light for when their backup battery is flat. If you don’t have it replaced promptly by a licensed technician, a thief could easily cut your power and have free rein of your house.

Pacific Security Technology offers special flat rate battery replacement for security systems installed by us, and we can usually come out within 24 hours – so there’s no need for delay!

Don’t Sabotage Your Own House Alarm System…

Having a burglar alarm system installed in your home can be the single biggest step towards complete security that it is possible to make. However, simply having the home alarm security system installed isn’t, by itself, a guarantee of safety as you sleep. Some homeowners make heartbreaking mistakes that see their homes ransacked and families put at risk, despite having a working alarm system installed. Make sure you don’t face the same fate, by doing the following with your back to base alarm:


Switching It On!

It seems obvious, but the single most common security mistake made in houses with working alarm systems is forgetting to switch it on. This often happens in the early days of an installation, when people are getting into the habit of turning the system on. After this, most occurrences are when people go from pottering around in the yards to leaving the house. Ask about installing extra pinpads for your back to base alarm in Sydney to combat this forgetfulness.


Changing the Code Regularly

The particular residents in a home changes from time to time; teenagers get new boyfriends or girlfriends, kids grow up and move out, trusted friends drift away. In addition, you’ll probably have to assign codes for tradespeople etc. Make it a habit to change the code on a regular basis; every six months at a minimum.


Picking a Secure Code

We realise that the code for your back to base alarm in Sydney is simply another password to memorise, on top of the many hundreds of others. However, picking a secure and unique code is vital! This means no sequential numbers, no repeated numbers, and no numbered codes of people’s names who live in the home.


Lock the Doors and Arm Your Back to Base Alarm When Home

Lock your doors at all times when you are home … just because you wouldn’t enter somebody’s house while they were awake, doesn’t mean that burglars share your social reservations! Additionally, make sure you arm your house alarm system when you’re sleeping.


Not Placing Sensors to Monitor Windowed Areas

Around 75% of burglars in a survey were more likely to go through windows than doors. You Pacific Security Technology back to base alarm installer will help you position sensors so that they cover windows as well as doors.


Not Monitoring the Rear of the House

Around 72% of burglars come in from the back of a house, not the front – even when there are other yards surrounding yours. Don’t forget to monitor and arm the rear of your home!

These simple setup and usage guidelines for your home alarm system will help ensure that you don’t end up kicking yourself later on … and that your back to base alarm performs to its considerable potential!

5 More Home Alarm Monitoring Tips from Real Homeowners

Back in the pre-internet Dark Ages, we used to get all of our information from family and friends. And sometimes, if we were really stuck, the library! Nowadays we turn to the internet … but sometimes you long for the simplicity and straight talk of your friends and family, especially when you’re looking for information about something as critical as your home’s security. So today we continue our gems of advice from real homeowners about back to base alarm monitoring.

“House alarms are generally ignored by surrounding people as they don’t want to get involved”

This is vital to remember when you’re considering installing a home alarm system. You can’t rely on your neighbours to be home when your alarm goes off … and you certainly can’t rely on people passing by to call the police! We’re well trained not to call 000 unless it is an emergency, and people either fear for their own safety when getting involved in a tense situation, or they assume that somebody else has already called the police. Back to base alarm monitoring is the only smart solution.

“Won’t the burg sue me if I set up any sort of ‘alarm system’ that will hurt them”

This is a very common question, and there are several points to consider if you’ve thought about simply keeping a baseball bat next to your bed:
  • In every physical confrontation you get into, there’s a real risk that you’ll  come out the loser. If you introduce violence, a burglar’s only possible response is violence.
  • Yes, there is a real risk of being sued for actively trying to hurt somebody that has come into your home. There’s the slim but real chance they are looking for sanctuary from something that may hurt them.
  • There are almost no verifiable cases where a burglar has successfully sued a homeowner for accidentally injuring himself in the house.
  • There’s also the possibility that your intruder may die if you physically attack them. Is a television and a few electrical goods worth somebody’s life, and do you want to be the person that takes it … really?

“Can the guards really doing anything, do they have any more authority than the next person?”

Yes, the guards that respond to back to base alarm monitoring calls do have more authority than you and me. Every state has their own version of the NSW Security Master License. For example, Pacific Security Technology’s Security Master Licence number is: 408 770 551

10 Unusual Business Break-In Prevention Tips

Being broken into is never a pleasant experience, whether it’s your home or your business that is the victim of a burglary. At home, you have to deal with the trauma and psychological issues that come with having your home invaded. When your business is broken into, however, it can literally be a life or death situation for your company as it stands.
Imagine if your business was broken into and set on fire in order to cover the criminal’s tracks. Could you survive without your computers, your backup disks, and the contents of your filing cabinet … all the things that an insurance policy can’t possibly replace? Preventing business break-ins is a matter that deserves serious thought. Here we examine the gold standard in business safety, back to base alarms, as well as 10 other smart business break-in prevention tips.
1. Install security lighting
Thieves depend on the cover of darkness to  break into businesses, which are usually located in quite busy areas. Security lighting removes that cover.
2. Tell them what you’ve got
As we talked about in the introduction, prevention of business break-in is far better than getting a call on your back to base alarm, or having to put in an insurance claim. So let thieves know that they’ll be recorded, that your back to base alarm is monitored by a respected company, etc. They may think twice about even getting too close!

3. Limit cash on premises

Thieves usually investigate a premises before breaking in, and if there is significant cash in your registers or petty cash tin, they’ll find out. Get it off the premises regularly.
4. Move ATMs away from doors
This reduces the likelihood of opportunistic break-ins. You should cover ATMs with CCTV cameras, and if you have one on site, a back to base alarm is essential.
5. Leave your cash register open and empty
If you leave it closed and empty, you could well come back to a completely missing register, and the necessity of an insurance claim!
6. Be safe with your safe
Every business needs a safe, and yours should be fireproof and securely anchored to the ground. Change the combination to it every time an employee who had access leaves your company.
7. Record your serial numbers
In the online backup  you maintain (one of the most foolproof and easiest ways of protecting business data from fire and theft!), make sure you have a record of the serial numbers of your business equipment. This will help recover it and also catch thieves.
8. Engrave your items
Many police stations offer free engraving at certain times of year. There may be a specific police engraving code for your state – in Queensland, the owner’s first and last initial, followed by birthdate in six number format, followed by a ‘Q’ is the standard code.
9. Vary bank travel times
If you regularly deposit cash in the bank, don’t use marked money bags, and make sure you vary your time and the route you take to get to the bank. If possible, employees should rotate this task.
10. Send it back to base!
Back to base alarms are the gold standard in business security! Choose a very loud one rather than a silent one … the damage a burglar might do to critical business information may not be worth the extra likelihood of catching them.

5 Home Alarm Monitoring Tips from Real Homeowners

Sometimes it can be hard to translate information from back to base alarm monitoring companies into actual benefits for your home … even when it’s written in English! If you’re new to the concept and reality of back to base alarm monitoring, today we remove the jargon and technical terms, and look at what real homeowners have to say about the topic.

“I’m not sure I want to get a security company to monitor my alarm, I’m sure that would be costly”
Rather than giving you the traditional corporate spiel about safety, we’ll let another forum member answer this question. They mentioned that there are DIY alarm kits that you can buy which have a ‘callback’ feature, to alert you if your perimeters have been breached. However, they also mentioned that you will feel terrible if you’re across town or interstate when the call comes. Even if it is a false alarm, having back to base alarm monitoring will let you know that, and save you a lot of stress! And don’t forget all the other reasons for having back to base alarm monitoring for your system…

“If you’re going to alarm the roof cavity, don’t just arm the manhole, because the thin ceiling panels are no match if a crim wants to kick through the ceiling and drop down into a room”
This forum member is absolutely correct; if you’re going to alarm your house for back to base monitoring, you want blanket coverage. A significant proportion of break-ins (don’t worry … not the largest proportion) are conducted by someone known to the homeowner, or someone that has investigated the property first.

“Will the cheaper kits be any good, or will they go off falsely and have other issues?”
Another commenter who has personal experience with self-installed cheap alarms (without back to base alarm monitoring), recounted how the alarm slowly deteriorated in function. First it started going off at 4am (yeouch!); then refused to recognise the door trigger switch; and after a while it came up with an error code that wasn’t in the handbook … which was barely legible anyway.

“The police won’t respond to an alarm being triggered, only reports from real people who can verify a breach in security”
This is correct … unfortunately for both you and your neighbours, if you install a home alarm system and forego your back to base alarm monitoring, your alarm could be sounding for as many hours as it takes for you to come home. False alarms are a fact of life, which is why police response to an alarm activation doesn’t make sense … but having a neutral back to base alarm monitoring company ring you to check, then go investigate themselves, does make sense.

“There are reliable systems out there but most are designed to be connected to the telephone system, so you need a licensed person to install them”
This is absolutely correct. Pacific Security Technology has a nationally issued Security Master License number, and so should any back to base alarm monitoring company, and especially installer, that you utilise.

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