Owning a dependable home security system is a top priority for many Miami residents. Knowing that one’s property and possessions are secure brings peace of mind in today’s chaotic world, and when criminals lurk around every corner there’s reason to take precaution.
Still, for security technology to function without interruption, you must be certain that each component is perfect working order. In Miami, tropical storms and extreme weather events pose a year-round threat to the utility of everyone’s home security systems.
Storm can result in a myriad of possible problems. Probably the most common issue in Miami is a power outage. And you may not be able to immediately reset it when power is restored. Depending how far from home you have gone, you may not realize there was damage or even a storm at home. Luckily there are some basic measures you can take ensure a storm does not compromise your home or family’s safety.
Many home security system service providers recommend a cellular monitoring system. This puts your home in line with the proposed national standard that “first responders should have access to a nationwide, wireless, inoperable broadband public safety network.” And it also keeps your home protected during a power interruption by employing a cellular transmitter with back-up battery power.
Even though cellular monitoring systems are still the safest and least fallible choice for home security solutions, the older systems are still prevalent with many security service providers and their customers. As a result, functioning of these systems often relies on traditional land line phone and internet service being available.
The security systems that rely on the hard-wired transmission inherent in traditional land line telephone service are limited to the reliability of the copper wire and cable that the those systems are still connected to. If those physical lines are damaged in a storm, no alarm service is possible until the affected utility lines are restored. And given the wait time possible after a storm until the limited staff of technicians to get to all of the downed utility lines, this can create a risky period of waiting.
There are home security systems that operate on Voice Over Internet Protocol like the phone service available as a bundle deal with many multi service plans. This is even a less reliable system after a damaging storm. Internet service can be cut in several ways then. And when the home security system is tied into this system, operation can not be restored until internet service is repaired as well.
But if your home is still protected by a system relying on a physical cable, you are still far more protected than if you had nothing. But do get to know your system. Find out form your provider if there is a back up battery pack. If you already know where that is, then be diligent in checking the remaining battery charge. This could easily be something you would not think of until it is too late.
Another concern during a storm is that the motion of rain and rapid wind causing extreme movement can set off a false alarm. Some areas have extra charges associated with false alarms. Be aware of this and in Miami, inquire to the first responders about the best way to proceed during a storm to avoid fines.