When a security system’s alarm fires, it sets off a chain reaction. Not only does it cause a sense of panic, but it also alerts the neighborhood and authorities that something is wrong. And while this response is reassuring in the midst of a crisis, it can be embarrassing and potentially costly when they turn out to be false alarms. But what causes alarm systems to misfire, and how can you make sure it doesn’t happen to you? Keep reading for false alarm prevention tips!
Common Causes of False Alarms
10% of police calls involve responding to an alarm system, but over 90% of those calls turn out to be false alarms. Because these incidents needlessly use up public safety resources for those who actually need assistance, many local governments have taken it upon themselves to enforce fines to incentivize people to ensure their alarm doesn’t misfire. Protect yourself and your wallet from a faulty alarm system by educating yourself on common causes of false alarms:
Many security systems include complimentary installation services, but if you opted to install security yourself, it’s highly likely that you may have made an error that caused your alarm system to misfire. Carefully re-read our installation manual or simply call in an expert to make sure everything is set up correctly.
More than 80% of all false alarms are caused by user error. Whether it be wrongly inputting the security code or accidentally opening the door when the alarm is armed, these mistakes can easily be avoided. Make sure that everyone in your household knows the necessary passcodes and inform them before you arm the alarm for the night so no accidents happen.
Faulty equipment can easily fire a false alarm. By purchasing your equipment from a reputable company, you can feel better knowing that your hardware is likely well made and fault-free. However, manufacturing mishaps can happen to anyone, so ask a technician to come to take a look at your security system if you think your equipment is the cause of a false alarm.
Unlocked or loose doors and windows
Many security systems are set to go off if a door is unlocked or even slightly opened. Before setting your alarm, go through your house and make sure that all doors and windows that should be secured are and lessen the likelihood of your alarm misfiring.
Pets or wildlife
Pets and wild animals are some of the most common culprits for setting off an alarm. If you have a pet or live in an area that is frequented by wildlife, make sure that any motion sensors or security cameras that you install are tolerant of pets. Barking dogs can also set off glass break detectors, so be aware and try to train your dog accordingly.
Service providers or private contractors
Lots of homeowners have dog walkers, landscapers, cleaners, and other service providers come to their homes while they are away at work. Stay on top of your schedule, and be sure to either give them the necessary information needed to disable the alarm or disable it manually from your mobile app around the time they are set to arrive. This will help avoid your alarm going off unnecessarily.
Holiday decorations like birthday balloons, streamers, string lights, and lawn ornaments can all very easily set off motion sensors. Make sure to place your decorations strategically so that they don’t trigger a motion sensor.
How Do You Turn Off a False Alarm?
There are a few ways that you can turn off a false alarm. The easiest would be to disable the alarm using your mobile app or to input the correct passcode. However, if this is not possible, you may need to wait until authorities arrive to explain the situation and disable the alarm. Another way to turn off the alarm is to call your security provider and either have them shut it off or instruct you on how to manually disable the alarm system.
Choose a Security System You Can Trust
If you’re looking to lessen false security alarms, look no further than Mesa Alarms. Because our systems have built-in false alarm prevention, the likelihood of your system misfiring is slim. Additionally, our technicians train and educate all users on how to operate the system so you feel confident handling your alarm system. Contact us today to learn more about false alarm prevention!