Security Science Quiz

Take October’s Security Science Quiz!

1. What is a security survey?
a) An exhaustive search of all risks and vulnerabilities of a premise
b) A written contract
c) Only applicable for proprietary systems
d) Only used for commercial premises

2. What is a need analysis?
a) The customer’s motivation for wanting a security system
b) How much the customer is willing to spend
c) For panic alarms
d) AHJ requirement

3. What standards apply to holdup alarm systems?
a) UL 636 and industry standards / practices
b) Equipment manufacturer specifications
c) One panic button shall be hardwired
d) There are no standards

4. How many milliseconds in a minute?
a) 65
b) 6,000
c) 60,000
d) 65,000

5. Standard loop response time required for holdup buttons?
a) 40-50 milliseconds
b) 600 milliseconds
c) 750 milliseconds
d) What the manufacturer specified

6. What is the standard loop response time for protective loop circuits for intrusion detection devices with swingers?
a) 50 milliseconds
b) 67 milliseconds
c) 700 milliseconds
d) 750 milliseconds

7. UL standards for intrusion detection units?
a) UL 639
b) UL 2034
c) UL 1023
d) UL 98

8. Normally closed circuits require an end-of-line resistor (EOLR) in what configuration?
a) Series
b) Parallel
c) In the control panel
d) Normally closed circuits do not require EOLRs

9. What is the detection range of a standard flood sensor?
a) At the detector
b) 25 feet on its vertical axis
c) 15 feet on its horizontal axis
d) 52 feet

10. Infrared motion detectors are considered:
a) Point to point devices
b) Passive infrared devices
c) Passive and then active when movement is detected
d) Active and then passive when movement is detected

11. CPTED is defined as:
a) Crime prevention through environmental design
b) Crime protection through electronic detection
c) Circuit protection through electronic detection
d) Not applicable to the security industry

12. Double-pull double-throw phone line seizure required for:
a) Burglar alarms
b) Burglar and fire alarms
c) Not required if you use an RJ3X jack and coupler cord
d) For systems only

13. General lawsuit elements:
a) Jury, breach of jury, proximate cause, damages
b) Contract, subrogation, liquidated damages provisions, AHJ
c) Breach of contract, negligence, gross negligence, waiver of subrogation
d) Duty, breach of duty, proximate cause, damages

14. Service tickets should provide detail to a subscriber:
a) What did you do, what didn’t you do, and what, if anything else needs to be done
b) Where the payment should be sent to the alarm company
c) How long the service call took
d) The name of the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)

15. The difference between a one- and two-way radio:
a) No difference per UL 1639
b) A one-way radio is polled once every six minutes and a two-way radio is polled once a month
c) A one-way radio is polled daily, weekly or monthly. A two-way radio is polled once every six minutes
d) Two-way radios are used for fire alarm systems only

Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, DABFET, CHS-III, SET, RI, is a forensic alarm industry expert and President of Teaneck, N.J.-based IDS Research & Development Inc. He can be reached at (201) 287-0900.

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About the Author


Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, FACFEI, CHS-IV, SET, CCI, FASI&T, MBAT, writes Security Sales & Integration’s “Security Science” column. He is also president of IDS Research and Development, an alarm and security consultation, expert witness and training authority providing nationwide services on all issues related to alarm and security matters. He can be reached at (201) 287-0900.

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