By combining 0 to 9 numbers for a four-digit security code, you’ll get 10,000 possible results.
What this means is that if burglars try to guess your home’s security system alarm code, their chance of success is 1 in 10,000. That’s great news for homeowners!
However, many people make the crucial mistake of not giving this aspect much thought. The result? A vulnerable alarm code for your security system.
What does this mean and how can you avoid it? Easy! Read on to find out.
Avoid Using Common Security System Codes
The infamous “1234” is as common as a rainy day in Cardiff, Glasgow or Manchester. Why? Some people simply never bother changing it – as it often comes as the default alarm code. Other refuse to change it because they are afraid they’ll forget it.
If “1234” is your code at the moment, we strongly recommend changing it.
However, that’s not the only code you should stay away from. Also avoid using your birth year, anniversary, or any other information that is available online.
You might also be tempted to pick the first or last four digits of:
- Your National Insurance Number;
- Your phone number.
While these types of code might be easy to remember, they are not as safe as you may think. Many people use this technique so burglars may have already thought about it.
Additionally, “0000” or “5555” aren’t safe either. Or any other succession of numbers that is easy to guess.
Put These Tips into Action
These tips will help you pick a secure alarm code for your security system:
- Pick a code that is totally random. The less connection it has to any aspect of your life, the better. You can either think about a code yourself or use a website like this.
- Change your security code regularly. Yes, it takes some effort, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Why would you do this? Press the same keypads over and over again, and you’ll see they’ll get worn out. You’re basically handing the code to the burglar.
- Set up different codes for each family member. The reason is mostly the same as the one mentioned above. Also, this will come in handy when you want to see who disarmed the system in a specific day.
How to Further Burglar-Proof Your Security System
Now that you have a code with a 1 in 10,000 chance of being guessed, you may want to take it one step further. There are actions you can take that will enhance the security of your home even more.
Have you considered leveraging on technology and turning your house into a smart home?
This means upgrading your security system with smart components. These can be controlled from anywhere as long as you have a smartphone with an Internet connection.
For any additional home security information, you can get in touch with one of our experts. You can do so by using this online form or by calling us directly at 0800 0612 677.