Some newer alarm system customers are very afraid of false alarms. It’s a scary thought to accidentally summon police or fire to your home/ business. Some people are intimidated when they seen a button on a panel that will call the police. In reality, your smart phone also has that capability. There are a few measures that can prevent the call to the police/fire from actually going through. Firstly, you can cancel the alarm. Secondly, you can talk to your alarm dispatch and cancel the call. There are several steps you can take to make sure you prevent false alarms and know how to deal with them appropriately.
False Alarms – What’s the Problem?
It is serious. You don’t want to pull police and fire from other important tasks based on your own negligence. It used to be that one of the main reasons for homeowners not wanting to have a security system was because of their concern of having to deal with false alarms. While this may have been a problem in the past, it is one that has been mostly rectified. Some jurisdictions will start to charge for repeated false alarms or simply stop showing up to locations that are known to have too many false alarms. Contact your local authorities for more information if you are curious about their current policies. I do believe that the increase in DIY alarm installations will increase false alarms. Here are some tips to avoid being part of the problem
- Use a reputable local alarm company that cares about you and their reputation
- Ensure everyone with authorized access to the property has the correct disarm code
- Train authorized users how to use the alarm system (arming and disarming
- Close all doors and windows before you turn on the alarm
- f you need to re-enter the property after arming the system, always disarm the system and start the arming process over again
- Check to make sure the system is working properly, with all batteries charged and equipment properly connected
- Remove objects near motion detectors that may move, and keep the area of the motion sensor clean of materials (spider webs, helium balloons) that could potentially trigger unintended alarms
- Consider a maintenance plan to identify potential issues. This is more applicable for businesses.
What Happens During a False Alarm?
It is not unusual for homeowners to trigger their own alarm. They may panic but there are verification protocols provided by the monitoring company. What this means is that if the monitoring company receives a signal of a triggered alarm, they will first reach out to who you have listed on your contact list, usually with the homeowner being the first contact. This gives you a chance to verify the alarm was false and and no emergency responders will be notified.
Everyone is responsible for their own security and safety. Everyone has their own comfort level and needs for security. Installing your own DIY alarm system doesn’t mean you are taking the best course of action and taking care of your personal security. Sometimes the best way to be your own personal safety advocate is speaking with a knowledgeable professional. That doesn’t mean you need to by anything from them – it just means you should educate yourself. You don’t know what you don’t know. An improperly installed system can lead to lapses in security, false alarms, or the purchase of unneeded equipment. Professional installations should also include education on how to use the product/ service. That also includes how to deal appropriately with false alarms. ften what happens is the detectors are placed in areas where they are going to be subjected to common place movement that takes place in the home which in turn triggers them unnecessarily. For example, they may be too close to the ventilation system of the room or near the fireplace. Then if there are pets in the home and by not buying applicable security equipment again it raises the risk for false triggering of the alarms.
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