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[Discuss] Home security & automation

On September 22, 2014, Bill Horne wrote:
> 2. Every "home monitoring" system that's sold to civilians can be
>    disabled in seconds with a pair of wire cutters. Anyone who has
>    spent time in prison knows this trick: even amateurs will take the
>    phone off the hook and dial a nonsensical number, to disable
>    old-school burglar alarms which are tied to the phone line.

These days, home monitoring companies offer cellular-based backup
systems that kick in if the phone line is busy or disabled. As long as
the thief doesn't wrap your house in aluminium foil....

Dan Barrett
dbarrett at

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