04-16-2009 12:14 PM
Below is a recent report about a burglar or thief cutting the outside wire to bybass the home or business security system.
Certainly this is nothing new since phones were installed years ago. Currently most homes have telephone wires on the outside where they can be cut. The phone companies have been doing this for years to make service easy. When a customer requests service they now have to be present in a 4 hours window anyway. This should not be the general practice. Phone lines and boxes should be placed inside the home with buried or metal conduit pipe protection. Providers may be liable for damages resulting from a home intrusion due to the availability of technology to protect a vital lifeline. Many homeowners are concerned about this and are requesting that phone lines and boxes be moved inside and protected at the owners expense.
Police say burglars in two North Texas cities are cutting phone and power lines before they break into homes.
Flower Mound police Lt. Wess Griffin said each burglary had the same hallmarks. In each case, the thieves cut the home's electricity or phone service -- or both.
"They're actually going to the front door (and) seeing if anyone responds," he said. "They cut the lines, go around to the back of the house and kick in the door."
Robert Brown came home Tuesday afternoon to find wires dangling from the side of his Flower Mound house. The thieves took a flat-screen TV, a Nintendo Wii gaming system and his daughter's jewelry box before bolting from the neighborhood.
"I've got a 9-year-old daughter, and now I've got to explain to her what happened," Brown said. "Someone broke into her house, and does she sleep well at night? How does she feel about her house?"
Police are warning homeowners to make sure their alarm systems have a working backup battery. Some alarm companies also offer wireless uplinks, which ensure that the system will contact the alarm company even if the phone line is down.
The line-cutting scheme could also backfire on the thieves.
Many alarm systems automatically notify the alarm company when the wires are cut, and most newer systems have backup batteries to power them if electricity is interrupted.
Burglars face an even bigger risk -- electrocution -- if they cut the lines the wrong way.