One of the biggest problems facing home security companies has nothing to do with criminals. In fact, false alarms are causing police in cities around the country to take issue with alarm companies. With police in large cities across America responding to thousands of false alarms, some precincts have stopped responding alarms altogether and other cities have started to charge the alarm companies which may also increase the price of service.
In some cities, more than 90% of alarms turn out to be false. Alarms can be triggered by many things beyond a legitimate burglary. Human error accounts for a good portion of alarms in situations like forgotten codes, accidentally tripping alarms or touching panic buttons. Animals including pets and vermin can also trip alarms.
To avoid wasting law enforcement time, and ultimately increasing the price of service, take a look at some of these tips to decrease your chances of triggering false alarms:
- Memorize your alarm code and you security password. Don't get caught staring at your control pad while your alarm is blaring. Be sure to have everyone living in your house memorize the code. Some companies also have you provide a security password that you tell them on the phone after the alarm goes off. If you say the wrong code or can't remember they will send the police.
- Make sure you don't accidental touch or lean on the panic buttons. These buttons immediately send the authorities. Make sure they are secure and nothing is pressed up against them.
- Keep the manual on hand in case you need to reference it. Designate a spot to keep your security manual so that your family can find it if there is something wrong with the system.
- Use sensors that are designed to allow small animals to pass through if you have pets. Pet immune sensors won't be tripped by cats and dogs. You should also spray for insects and make sure there aren't plants rubbing up against doors and windows.
- Disarm the alarm if you are home during a thunderstorm. Sometimes a strong storm can shake windows and doors in a way that trips the alarm. If you are home and awake, disarming the system can be a good way to avoid a false alarm.
Check your system periodically to make sure it is working correctly. Equipment can be set up incorrectly or old equipment can malfunction. Every once and a while you should manually trip your alarm to make sure it's working.