A False Alarm Has Real Meaning
In order to avoid a false alarm, homeowners have been known to avoid arming a home security system altogether. Not only are false alarms annoying, but depending upon where a person lives a false alarm may also result in a municipal fine. False burglar alarms do not happen on their own, however, as each one indicates that an error exists somewhere in the system. With this in mind, the following are a few tips to help you avoid this particular type of inconvenience.
Avoid a False Alarm Due to Human Error
Be sure everyone in your household has the correct alarm passcodes and knows how to properly operate your security system. Advise residents to also avoid triggering a false alarm by opening doors and windows while a system is armed. Some alarms do come with a bypass feature allowing a system to be directed to allow certain doors and windows to be opened without triggering the system. Speak to your alarm installer for exact instructions on how to use this feature.
Did a Faulty Power Supply Trigger Your False Alarm?
Low batteries and other power issues can trigger a false alarm. This is true of hardwired, as well as wireless systems, which is why your power source(s) should be periodically tested. Read your manufacturer’s instructions to determine how to check your power supply and for advice on how often your alarm’s batteries need to be changed.
Check Your Sensors
One loose window or door sensor will cause your alarm to trigger for no apparent reason. Take a few minutes to check each of your sensors to be sure that they are properly aligned. Should you find that one is out of place, contact your alarm company so that it can be properly adjusted.
Never Ignore a False Alarm
Although a false alarm may not indicate that a break-in has occurred, these incidents should never be ignored. At the very least, these alarms mean that something is askew and your alarm will not work properly until the issue is located and addressed. From this perspective, one can even say that false alarms aren’t actually false at all!
Should you use all of these avoidance tips and find that you are still troubled by false alarms, please contact a professional to service your system right away. Never use a false alarm as an excuse not to use your system as doing so could place your family and your home in grave danger.
Have you experienced a false alarm recently? Have you been able to determine its cause, yet? What other false alarm avoidance tips do you have to share with our readers? We look forward to hearing your stories, comments and advice in the space provided for you below.