Imagine coming home to a $200 fine because your alarm went off and alerted the Police, all because the lighting changed in your house…
No thank you!
Shockingly, Freakonomics reported that over 94% of traditional alarm calls turned out to be false alarms. This means not only do false alarms cost a fortune but they also cause additional stress and inconvenience to both homeowners and law enforcers (not to mention your neighbours).
In order to address how to avoid false alarms, we need to tackle the root of the problem.
Here are the most common causes of false alarms:
Now that you know the underlying causes of false alarms, here are some things you can do to minimise the risk of them:
If you’re a pet owner, you know just how much your furry friend loves roaming around the house. However, their adventures are interrupted by the piercing sound of your alarm. Not only do false alarms leave your pet distressed, but they also cost you a fortune.
To counter this, you can switch up your traditional motion sensors with pet friendly or pet immune sensors. These sensors disregard motion caused by animals up to a certain weight so you can say goodbye to pet-induced false alarms!
70% of false alarms can be attributed to user error, meaning the security code was either entered incorrectly or the system was being used by someone who wasn’t properly trained to use it.
In order to avoid false alarms, be sure to use a security code that everyone in the household can easily memorise and that all keypads are kept out of reach of children.
WEE-OH WEE-OH WEE-OH!
Burglar alarms can scare off burglars, but they can also scare off your house guests and visitors. Prior to their arrival, let them know that your system is armed so you don’t run into any awkward situations.
If you have guests staying with you for an extended period of time or regular babysitters, gardeners or cleaners, make sure they have all memorised the security code and know how to properly arm and disarm the system.
Sometimes strong winds, rain and insects can produce enough movement to set off a false alarm. That’s why securing windows and doors is not only crucial to home security, but also crucial to avoiding false alarms.
Like mother nature, air-conditioners, heaters and vents can produce enough air movement to trigger false alarms. If you have motion sensors in that area, make sure they’re not pointed directly at the source.
Also, ensure curtains, balloons, plants and other light weight objects are kept clear of motion sensors.
While your alarm system will warn you once batteries are weak, make sure you replace your batteries regularly as dead batteries can lead to false alarms.
Lack of maintenance can also trigger false alarms so check your system every few weeks. If you notice any faults, report it to your home security company immediately.
By applying these simple tips on how to avoid false alarms, not only can you avoid the stress and annoyance that comes with them, but you can also save valuable Police resources and save yourself some hard earned cash!
October 17, 2016
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