A security system alarm is designed to alert the authorities if it detects any threat in the home, so it is understandable that false alarms occur from time to time – whether through human error or system malfunction. But in Cleveland, Ohio, false security system alarms have become such an issue that officials are looking to do something about it. We’ll look at the big false alarm problem in Cleveland and give you tips on how you can prevent one in your own home.

The False Security System Alarm Problem In Cleveland

 As Cleveland.com recently reported, Cleveland Police responded to more than 23,000 commercial and residential security alarms last year. A shocking 98% of those cries for help were false alarms. According to the city, it is estimated that these false security system alarms cost almost 8,000 hours of police time and $750,000 to Cleveland taxpayers.

Not only is the wasted time and money a huge issue in Cleveland, but two other frightening factors come into play as well. The police are concerned that not only are these false alarms drawing them away from other neighborhoods with actual threats, but also that the many false security system alarms are giving the officers a “boy who cried wolf” syndrome where they are taking each threat less seriously.

Looking to combat the issue, Cleveland is keeping all options on the table. The Ohio city might even join cities like Raleigh and San Antonio in fining residents for repeated instances of false alarms.

Tips On Preventing False Security System Alarms

There are many things you can do to help prevent a false alarm in the future, so that you can avoid an unnecessary fine:


1) Check Your System Monthly

Protect America recommends that you call into our CARE Department once a month so that we can make sure that your equipment is working properly. This process takes less than 15 minutes and it will ensure that your security system alarm only goes off when a threat is present.

2) Familiarize Yourself With The System

Our comprehensive guides will help you set-up and arm your system, but you should also take some time to get to know your system more. Know what each button and function does so that you can avoid accidentally triggering a false alarm in the future. If you need help, you can chat with one of our representatives on our website without even picking up the phone.

3) Ensure Windows and Doors Are Secure

Before arming the system, make sure that your windows and doors are secure so as to not accidentally trigger your security system alarm.

4) Spray Insect Repellent

One big cause of false alarms are unwanted pests. Spray insect repellent around your sensors regularly to ensure that bugs do not activate your system.

5) Check Your Power Source

Make sure your electricity is consistent, and always be mindful when your backup or wireless sensor batteries are running low.


These are just some tips so that you can prevent false security system alarms in the future. We hope that these tips are useful and that Cleveland will be able to put in measures to reduce the amount of false alarms in the area.  How do you feel about possibly being fined for a false alarm that is out of your control? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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