When one thinks about security one tends to think about armed officers with bullet proof vests, guns and vicious dogs and tend to forget the most important part in the security setup, you the client. It is easy to pass on any responsibility of our own security to someone else, so we don’t have to worry about it and to blame them if something goes wrong. In fact, you are just as responsible as any security service you might employ.
If you don’t use your newly installed expensive alarm system you cannot blame someone else for any intrusion. If you have your brand new expensive flat screen TV standing right next to a glass sliding door whose responsibility is it when the said door gets smashed and TV grabbed in half a minute? If you change the internal layout of your house but neglect to inform the alarm company of the changes that affects the effectiveness of alarm sensors you cannot blame them in the event of an intrusion in said area.
The lifetime of any electronic device is limited, this includes any alarm system, it seems to still work fine after ten years but is it as effective as it was all those years ago? Don’t you think the system needs some attention or upgrade as you did with your TV, cell phone or your motorcar? This all points to the responsibility of the homeowner towards the effective security of any premises.
You the client and we the security company must work together for any security service to be effective. A very important aspect of our daily lives in any situation is the word compromise. In any relationship between two parties be it a marriage, a business partnership or a security services contract there must be compromises from both parties. There is also compromise where it relates to the design of alarm equipment. An alarm detector can be made so sensitive that it can detect the fly on your wall, but this will obviously cause more problems than solutions so the manufacturers had to compromise between sensitivity and stability.
The different technologies employed each have their positive and negative attributes and a middle ground had to be found to be effective. The new microwave detectors that are being promoted are the best thing since sliced bread, but they are also compromised by their own efficiency in that they can cause more false alarms.
Having pets present in your home compromises your security in that the sensors must be literary attuned to not detect the cat or dog. You compromise your own security by deciding on installation not to opt for the better more expensive detectors. These are very important facts to remember when questions are asked on why criminals succeed to enter alarm protected premises.
This is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your specialist for specific and detailed advice. (E&OE)