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Security systems are usually designed and manufactured to guarantee that they do not fail as they are gadgets that prevent crimes and also have a direct influence on the security of valuable assets and more importantly, humans.
However, gadgets being gadgets are also prone to sporadic failures and security systems too, are no exception to the rule. The following are some of the most common problems that crop up in those types of systems:
- Threat prevention can’t be guaranteed: You may certainly install a security system but can’t be guaranteed of absolute and sure protection from potential security threats. As more and more sophisticated security systems flood the market, criminals too, are getting smarter to disarm them. Moreover, they are also aware where such systems are installed and may even walk away with the whole system. Also, a surveillance camera may only record an unwarranted incident but can’t do anything to prevent it.
- False alarms: Yet another common problem that not only disturbs you but the whole neighborhood in the middle of the night because your beloved dog tripped the sensor. There’s also the problem of same frequency interference in wireless security systems, where the system gets disabled when any button on the wireless keyfob is pressed to emit a similar frequency. This prevents the alarm from receiving the triggered wireless detector’s signal.
- Costly hardware and total ownership cost: Most security systems are expensive. Even though cheaper types are also available, their quality, durability, and performance are often questionable or substandard. Moreover, sophisticated systems are often advertised with cheap rates and manufacturers do not mention hidden costs, which ultimately make the consumer spend more when they are installed.
- These monitoring subscription fees, maintenance charges, cost of spares and battery replacement, and fees for contract termination. This leads to enhanced total ownership cost, which may not be apparent initially. Even in the age of a fantastic economy and lower taxes costs are never not going to matter.
- Sensor failure: Security systems are designed to cover specified areas. Therefore, if that area is beyond sensor coverage or such sensors are improperly installed, certain patches of the area could be exposed to high-security
- Faulty wireless security systems: As compared to hardwired systems, wireless security systems are less reliable because like cell phones or Wi-Fi routers, these systems are electromagnetic and structural interference-prone and may cause total sensor response failure or even unpredictable response like triggering false alarms. These interferences could emanate from power lines, remote controls, fluorescent lighting, walls, ceilings, or metal cabinets.