A vital component of any home security system is a siren capable of scaring off intruders before they get a chance to do anything. Sirens are incredibly effective in scaring off bad guys wherever neighbors are close enough to hear them. When they hear a siren go off, they also realize that there may be a monitoring service that will report the disturbance.
So does Frontpoint have a siren? Yes, Frontpoint Home Security System has a siren in the Frontpoint Hub that is 104.5 decibels loud. Intrusion sensors such as Door and Window Sensors, Glass Break Sensors, and Motion Detectors will trigger the main alarm siren if they detect intrusion.
The siren is loud enough to scare away intruders and will easily be heard by your neighbors or any other people in the area.
In addition to this, the monitoring center will also be notified by the Frontpoint system if any sensors detect hazards or intrusion.
Intrusion sensors detect criminals and will set off the siren to chase them away. Hazard sensors detect environmental hazards that will only notify you and the monitoring center and not set off the main siren.
Frontpoint’s hub/control panel, which is the central communications device is wirelessly connected to all of the sensors installed in your home.
What Happens When The Frontpoint Siren Gets Triggered?
When the Frontpoint siren gets triggered, the 104.5-decibel speaker will sound off, and the monitoring center will be alerted as well. They will contact you to verify whether or not it’s a false alarm or if you need assistance.
They’ll ask for a secret code to verify that everything is OK. If you give them the wrong code, they will call the police and request for assistance at your residence.
The siren sounds for exactly 4 minutes (240 seconds) before the security system rearms itself.
Which Sensors Trigger The Frontpoint Siren?
Intrusion sensors are vital to any home security system to make sure you know if there’s any unauthorized access to your home.
If an intrusion is detected, the monitoring center will be alerted and will send out the relevant response units to handle the situation.
Door and Window Sensors
Door and window sensors are made up of two magnets that are placed next to each other on your doors or windows.
One piece is placed on the door or window, and the other piece is placed on the frame.
When the door or window is opened, the magnets lose their connection, and the alarm system triggers your siren and alerts you and the monitoring center of the intrusion.
Garage door sensors use internal tilt detectors to detect if your garage door has tilted 45 degrees to determine if there’s an intrusion through your garage.
Glass Break Sensors
Glass break sensors use microphones to detect the sound frequencies that are produced when glass breaks.
These sensors can be fine-tuned to detect different types of glass breaking. They can be adjusted to a lower sensitivity if you experience false alarms caused by other loud sounds with similar frequencies.
You can detect multiple different windows for breaking as long as the microphone is within range. They can usually detect glass breaking within 20 to 30 feet with a 180-degree monitoring angle.
This is the second intrusion sensor that will set off the siren.
Motion sensors will also set your Frontpoint Siren off if they detect motion in their range. The range usually is around 25 to 45 feet with a 90 to 180-degree viewing angle.
Motion sensors pick up heat signatures with passive infrared detection (PIR) in the day or in total darkness at night. They can also tell the difference between humans and pets as to not trigger false alarms.
What Do Hazard Sensors Detect?
Hazard sensors warn you of potential environmental hazards in your home such as flooding, carbon monoxide, or smoke.
These hazard sensors will not trigger your main alarm siren but will notify you and the monitoring center of the hazard detected.
If you need assistance, you can easily use the panic feature on your hub to request help.
Moisture or flood sensors
Flood sensors detect liquid and will, therefore, warn you if your plumbing or washing machine fails.
You can place these sensors under your washing machine or in the corner of your bathroom floor to detect any flooding.
Carbon Monoxide Sensor
CO sensors are extremely useful in detecting a life-threatening danger that we cannot see, hear, or smell ourselves.
You can fall victim to carbon monoxide poisoning if you have a gas leak. Gas will replace the oxygen in the air with carbon monoxide. A gas leak will trigger this CO sensor and alert you and the monitoring center of the environmental danger.
CO sensors almost always have their own built-in siren and won’t set off the primary alarm siren.
Smoke detectors make use of ionization chambers and/or photoelectric detection to detect smoke or fire.
In best-case scenarios, the detector will warn you before too much damage is done. The priority is to get any occupants out of the house if there is any smoke or fire.
The smoke detector will signal the Frontpoint alarm to notify you and the monitoring center of the danger.
Smoke detectors also have their own sirens built-in to notify you of the danger if you’re in the area.
These sensors are extremely helpful in letting you know if it’s too hot or cold in your house when you not there yourself.
You may have pets in the house, and this sensor will let you know if you need to cool down or warm up your house for them when you’re away.
Usually, your system will alert you and the monitoring center when temperatures reach dangerous levels for humans or animals to be in.
How To Set Up A Duress Code For Emergencies
If you land up in a situation where an intruder tells you to disarm the system, you can input a special duress code instead, which will disarm the system just as it normally does but will also notify the monitoring center of an emergency.
They can then contact the local authorities to assist you; in this case, they won’t call you to verify the danger first. They will send help your way immediately.
To set this up, just follow these steps:
- While the Control Panel is disarmed, press the down arrow repeatedly until you get to “System Programming” on the screen, then press “OK.”
- Enter your 4-digit user code and press “OK.”
- “Access Codes” will appear on the screen, press “OK.”
- Press the up arrow once to see your Duress Code option on the screen and press “OK.”
- A default duress code will display in a flashing manner. Now you can enter a new duress code that you can use if you’re in an emergency. The duress code can be anything except for “0000.”
- Now press the “Status” button three times to finish up the process.
Does Frontpoint Use Alarm.Com?
The Frontpoint Application is powered by Alarm.com. Frontpoint is one of Alarm.com’s biggest customers and therefore receives specialized support from them.
The Frontpoint app is always updated and improved on, it’s customized for Frontpoint alarm systems, and has an easy to use interface to work with.
The Frontpoint application is also compatible with your Apple Watch giving you access to your security system from your wrist no matter where you are.
Can Frontpoint Be Hacked?
The fact is that any electronic device can be “hacked”.
The more appropriate question is, “How easily can the Frontpoint Security System be hacked?”
Frontpoint uses technology that has robust security features, and they also take extraordinary cybersecurity steps to assist in keeping hackers from messing with the system.
With regards to Frontpoint Cameras, only the account users can access Frontpoint video clips that are protected with 256-bit AES encryption, which is a military-grade security protocol used to protect sensitive information.
Is Frontpoint A Good Security System?
Frontpoint is a trusted and reliable home security system with competent customer support. It’s a DIY security system that still offers full home automation options.
The subscription is a bit pricey, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of it.
Frontpoint has many smart devices that you can connect to your system to expand to your requirements. It is Z-Wave compatible for you to connect other Z-Wave smart home devices to your system as well.
In conclusion, we believe that Frontpoint is an excellent home security system.