Tampering Alarm: What Is It and How It Works

By Bernhard Mehl
September 28, 2020

There are many elements involved in an effective closed-circuit security system. Apart from the wiring and Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure, cameras are an invaluable addition to security as they allow one to keep an eye on what goes on within your premises remotely.

However, there are times when you aren’t going to be monitoring what the cameras record closely. This is why it is useful to invest in a tampering alarm.

What Are Tampering Alarms?

A tampering alarm is a helpful addition to a closed security system. It alerts you with an alarm when someone or something tampers with a security camera.

As every situation is different, tampering alarms have various settings to make sure that the little nuances of your premise don’t set off an alarm continuously though. For example, you can adjust the settings to allow for a light switch to be turned on and off.

Overall, there are certain key settings for this kind of alarm to ensure optimal security. These include an alarm activation when something hits or moves the camera, cuts the power to the camera, sprays the lens with spray paint, or when something blocks the camera’s view and the image becomes blurred. 

You can also put settings in place that account for the duration of a disturbance. In other words, if a leaf floats in front of the camera for a few seconds it won’t set off the alarm.

Tampering alarms are an excellent security feature if you can’t keep an eye on your cameras 24/7. They will alert you immediately when something unusual happens so that you can respond appropriately.

How Do They Work?

A tampering alert is a feature that is built into the IP camera. To give an overall picture, the tampering alarm is installed as part of a security system whereby all cameras are equipped with the necessary alert and notification settings.

All you need to do to use one is to make sure that you install it properly and link it to security services so that they can respond in the event that there is a security breach. For this reason, you should install security cameras at strategic angles too. That way, security personnel can easily see what goes on within the property at all times.

However, even in the case of a false activation, it’s better to be safe than sorry. For example, If an alert goes off after a tree branch hits the camera, it’s always better to have security go and check it out anyway, even if it’s just to assess the damage.

Final Thoughts 

As we have covered in the above post, tampering alarms are an important addition to a closed security system and form an essential part of access control for any premises. It can immediately alert you to any suspicious activity going on within your premises. This can help you to catch any intruders before they can do any serious damage or steal any of your valuable equipment.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.