A security system is there to protect you and your family when your home has been targeted by a burglar. What happens when they end up targeting the security system?
Crash and smash is an attack that focuses on your home’s security panel or keypad, by quick brute force by the burglar to prevent the alarm from alerting the monitoring station that something is wrong.
A crash and smash attack starts with the burglar kicking in or rushing through the front door “crash.” They swiftly seek out and destroy the security panel and keypad “smash,” before the alarm goes off.
Cloud security system – The goal is to take advantage of the system’s time delay. Most systems allow for 30-60 seconds for the homeowner to disarm the system before sounding the alarm and initiating an emergency signal or alert. This attack relies on destroying the panel, and its ability to signal before this happens.
It’s a good idea, however, Alarm.com is smarter. Contrary to other home security technology, a security system powered by Alarm.com has dedicated safeguards to beat the attack, starting before the “smash” even takes effect.
First, let’s look at crash and smash protection. Alarm.com’s patented protection promises that your security system will still signal for help, even if it can’t send the signal. Thanks to cloud security technology.
Cloud security system – The security system will start its countdown, and the Alarm.com platform knows to foresee either a ‘disarm’ or ‘alarm’ event. If your panel all of a sudden goes offline during this countdown, the Alarm.com platform treats it as a third type of event- a crash and smash attack- and signals for help.
Because the action happens on Alarm.com’s cloud platform, it doesn’t matter how adequately the burglar smashes your security panel.
Secondly, let’s look at professional monitoring services.
Once your home’s monitoring station receives a crash and smash alert, a trained security professional will assess the situation and can quickly alert the local police station to send help to your home.
You will also get an alert on your smartphone, to let you know what is happening. The intruder, however, will be none the wiser until the authorities arrive.