It’s possible that every owner of a home security system experiences at least one false alarm during their lifetime. These false alarms happen. They are by no means ideal, but sometimes homeowners forget to disarm their system before walking outside, or unknowing visitors stay over and an alarm is tripped.
While false alarms are not ideal, can be avoided. This encouraging, because no one wants to deal with the hefty fines of a false alarm.
How Should You Handle a False Alarm?
If you hear the alarm go off and you are certain that it’s a false alarm—either because you tripped it yourself or your child is looking apologetic—start by staying calm. Overreacting will not help the situation. Then disarm the system and the siren should turn off.
The professional monitoring center from Protect America will give you a call, and they will ask if you and your family are OK. They will be calling to clarify if an event took place or not. By giving the monitoring station your verbal password, they can lay the case to rest. If you fail to provide them this password or you do not answer the phone, the monitoring station will alert the police of the event.
If for some reason you don’t know what caused the false alarm, you need to inspect your system. It’s possible that someone tampered or damaged your alarm system. Double check the central panel to see if there are any alerts that need to be addressed.
Test the System
The next step to make sure everything is working properly and discover the cause of the false alarm is to test your system.
Many families go a long time without testing their systems, which we do not encourage. Your home security unit should be tested at least once a month.
Make sure all of your equipment is working properly and call our home security experts to ensure that your connection to the monitoring station is still functioning. We will test the system and place it on test mode so that police are not confused into believing there was a false alarm.
If for some reason false alarms are recurring, our home security specialists will be able to pinpoint the problem.
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A Quick Note on Preventing False Alarms
All of this hassle and possible fines can be avoided by ensuring that a false alarm never takes place. Do this by following the steps listed below:
1. Make sure everyone with access to your home knows the proper procedures and codes for arming and disarming the system so that it can be consistently securing your property.
2. Lock your doors and windows and close them tightly in addition to arming your system.
3. Keep pets and balloons away from motion detectors.
4. Test your system regularly.
With all of these safety precautions in place, you will be well on your way to preventing and limiting false alarms. While false alarms can be a pain, remember that they can be reduced, and the possibility of one should never be enough to deter you from purchasing a home security system.
Peace of mind and safety should be at the top of mind for every homeowner, and false alarms can be avoided.