How to prevent false alarms

How to prevent false alarms

Experts estimate that 99 percent of security alarm calls to the police are the result of a false alarm. Repeated false alarms lead to longer response times from police, fines to the homeowner, and loss of confidence in security systems.

Want to avoid fines for false alarms? Check out the main causes and learn how to avoid them.

Top causes of false alarms

• Use of incorrect keypad codes

• Failure to secure doors and windows

• Pets

• Re-entering the house just after leaving and not disarming system

• Objects around motion sensors

• Low batteries

• Faulty equipment

• Weather

Read more about how false alarms can really cost you

How to avoid false alarms

• Test your alarm system monthly to ensure it’s working properly

• Keep motion detectors clear of debris, such as spider webs and bugs

• Make sure air drafts don’t move curtains, plants or decorations

• Make sure protected doors and windows close correctly

• Keep an updated list of emergency contacts with the alarm company

• Alert the alarm company when you’re out of town

• Provide temporary alarm codes to anyone who will be in the home while you’re away

• Update old equipment


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You can save money on fines and help your community by following expert tips on reducing false alarms. (Photo courtesy of John S. of Avon)
You can save money on fines and help your community by following expert tips on reducing false alarms. (Photo courtesy of John S. of Avon)

Think an occasional false alarm is no big deal? Think again. False alarms, often triggered by user error, can cost you and your community.

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