Preventing false alarms

Tips for preventing false alarms

May 17, 2015

False alarms can be prevented

Prevent false alarms

Have you ever heard an alarm siren wailing in your neighborhood? Did you assume it was caused by a faulty system or an accident?

Alarm systems that “cry wolf” repeatedly are ignore by neighbors. They are regarded as a nuisance by police and emergency responders.

False alarms burden emergency responders

Police may respond to your alarm call at high speeds, creating a potential hazard to themselves or others. Response to other emergency calls may be delayed.

You may be fined for excessive false alarms

Because of the cost of responding to your false alarm, some cities have enacted fines for excessive false alarms. Check with your city to see if a false alarm ordinance applies to you.

6 tips for preventing false alarms

  • If a relative or friend has a key to your home, make sure they know how to operate the alarm. Giving them the code is not enough. Make sure they have the number of the monitoring office and know how to cancel an accidental alarm triggering.
  • Have problems fixed as soon as possible. If a door or window is broken or an alarm device has been dislodged, have it repaired without delay.
  • Keep your contact information updated at the monitoring office. If you get a new office phone number or cell number, give the change to your alarm company or central station. Also do this if an emergency contact/keyholder has a change.
  • Notify your alarm company about any major remodeling. Changes could affect wiring, devices or he coverage area for motion detectors. I quick call to your alarm company can save problems the next time you use your alarm.
  • Make sure your system batteries are replaced at recommended intervals. Your main system battery should be replaced every 2-3 years. If you have wireless door and window devices, check to see how often the batteries need to be replaced.
  • Be aware of items that could affect your motion detector. Especially if you have a new indoor pet, the motion detector may need to be adjusted or replaced with a pet-resistant motion detector.

Modern security systems have built-in technology designed to reduce the chance of false alarms. If you keep these tips in mind, you should have a reliable alarm system that doesn’t “cry wolf”!

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