Do you keep getting calls from your local emergency department? If your motion detector keeps going off, you may be tempted to just leave off your motion detector entirely. But that’s not a good solution; it leaves you vulnerable to crime. Rather than turning off your monitoring, it’s best to figure out exactly what’s casing the problem.


What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Before we go farther, though it may simply be a nuisance to you, there are some reasons you want to resolve your motion detection issues as early as possible. If you don’t have a monitoring service, false alarms could mean that you eventually stop paying attention to alerts entirely, which could put you at risk.

If you do have a monitoring service, false alarms could eventually lead to fines, or the local authorities not wanting to go to your address. That could be exceptionally dangerous, as well as expensive! It’s better to get the problem fixed.

What Causes a Motion Detector to Go Off?

There are many types of motion detection technology, ranging from detectors that use microwave rays to detectors that use heat signatures. Here are a few of the most common problems:

  • Bugs. Bugs getting into the sensors, spiders building webs, or even flies landing on the sensors could actually cause them to go off. Inspect the sensors periodically to determine whether this could be the problem.
  • Batteries. If your batteries are going, you’re experiencing power surges, or your power supply is simply intermittent, the motion sensor could be sending false signals. Always check the batteries or make sure your system is hard-wired.
  • Pets. Motion detectors can frequently go off due to the movement of pets, even if the detectors have been calibrated to avoid these false alarms. You may need to recalibrate your sensors or get more accurate and precise sensors.
  • Wind. Wind flapping back drapery or other items could potentially set off a motion sensor, especially sensors that use traditional radar waves. Make sure there is nothing in your home that could move on its own.
  • Heat. Some sensors operate by heat, and that actually means they could be set off by a gust of warm air coming from a furnace.

And don’t forget sensors can be quite precise, sometimes going off at something as small as a Roomba.


How Can You Prevent False Alarms?

Placing your alarms correctly can minimize the number of false alarms you get. In general, you want to place your alarms in areas that have few objects but in which an individual would have to pass through. An example is a hallway or an entryway.

One of the biggest problems with installing a motion detector alarm is that they tend to set off false alarms. Contrary to popular belief, false alarms are not caused by cheaper alarms, but instead by bad placement of the alarms.

You also want to minimize motion throughout your home and calibrate your devices effectively for pets. If they still go off after you’ve done all of those things, it’s likely the problem is with the sensor itself.

If your system keeps going off, don’t just turn it off. Take care of the false alarm and then consider upgrading or updating your system. You may simply need an updated device. It’s possible that your sensor is going bad and that all the troubleshooting in the world can’t save it. When that happens, you need a professional to review your technology. Contact the experts at Protect America today.