Reply to post: Re: No, it's stupid

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

patrickstar

Re: No, it's stupid

Any alarm system with the keypad integrated with the base station and/or siren is pretty much useless.

Or even worse than useless if there's a sticker advertising the specific brand, since then burglars will know who to target since they know the alarm system can be trivially disabled.

And yes - this actually does happen. Including burglars specifically targeting those houses which display particular stickers.

The same thing does apply to wireless systems as well, although to a smaller extent since radio jamming requires more than simply smashing the panel. See for example http://www.thesidebar.org/insecurity/?p=856

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