Is there an acceptable (legally and to the phone company) way to
install phone wires and exterior service box such that one's phone
service cannot be easily disconnected by burglars, etc. without(at a
minimum) noisy methods and tools?
If you're going to make up a different question to the one I asked and
answer the made-up question instead of mine, then why bother posting
in this thread at all? Also, your answer was not helpful in any way, I
am still looking for an answer which is.
The forum is all about offering alternatives that the OP may not have
thought of. If a poster asks about a way to carry 4 x 8 sheet goods
home when all he owns is a VW, it perfectly acceptable to suggest that
he cut them down to smaller sizes in the parking lot. It didn't really
answer the question asked, but it may just solve the OP problem.
First off, if you are strictly talking about voice services in a
residentail setting, then a cell phone could certainly be a viable
option. If not, then the solution won't work for you, but there is no
need to slam the person who suggested it.
Second, why don't you call the phone company in question and ask them?
What the phone company in New Zealand allows might not be "accetpable"
in Rhode Island. Any answers you get in this forum will need to be
verified with your local TelCo anyway.
I also find it rather tedious when asking a specific question to get a
"funny\\cridical" answer rather than a genuine reply to my issue. But many in
usenet seem to have little self control over the manner in which they resond
and I don't expect anything to change soon.
re: btw, I think the OP needs to stop being paranoid
Now I get to defend the OP.
How do you know that these phone lines aren't for the alarm system at
a business or storage facility in a neighborhood where the crime rate
is higher than one would like?
There could very well be a valid reason why a more robust
infrastructure is required, but where enough noise would raise
suspicions and therefore investigation.
While I agree with this statement, I don't see where that was the case
here. The OP asked how to protect the phone lines. There's most likely
nothing he can do that the phone company will accept that can't be
disabled in 2 seconds with an ax or maybe a sledge hammer. If he has a
cell phone, a burglar would have to take out one or more well hidden
cell towers in the neighborhood to cut him off.
To continue the theme of uncolicited advice...
Bill, if being able to call out is part of your concern and not just
your alarm system (I think the big companies have a cell modem backup
option these days) the answer of course is to do both, use a locking
box and conduit as someone else suggested AND a cell phone. Also, make
sure you have at least one phone on your land line that will operate
without wall current. You might have to order a magazine subscription
to get one anymore... :)
No; but apparently there are devices that can 'jam' cell phone
Not sure how they work but apparently they have been used in certain
secure buildings, to prevent cheating in areas where examinations are
taking place, to avoid interruptions during publicly broadcast
meetings etc. Maybe even in places of worship to prevent cell phones
from ringing during services.
One of the 'best' scams of a wired alarm system was when some thieves
introduced a stray cat into a warehouse that had had an alarm system
installed or upgraded.
The cat set off motion detectors. Several time during a long weekend.
After the several false-alarms, the whole alarm system was turned off;
to be 'repaired' the following week.
Whereupon the thieves who had left a trailer backed up against an
outside wall broke through and stole goods from the warehouse!
So while digressing from the OPs question there is in my opinion no
way totally that an alarm sytem could be protected or by-passed. Even
if encased in three feet of reinforced concrete!
And what is meant by 'legally'????
Also and finally to the OP, lighten up! Some of the humour (on this
freely available and no charge for advice forum) may be juvenile; but
does one want to cut off all debate/suggestions.
Have fun with it; many a good suggestion has come from a light hearted
suggestion or remark.
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