The consequences of false alarms are great, including fines, delayed police response times and excessive taxpayer dollars. Putting a little extra thought into false alarm prevention can save precious resources for everyone.
5 Simple Steps to Reduce False Alarms
1. Before activating your alarm, make sure all the doors and windows that have sensors are closed and locked.
2. Keep the motion detector sight line clear. Look for balloons, pets, fans, and curtains that could move and trigger an alarm. Items that are close to the motion detector can also cause problems, like spider webs, cats climbing on furniture, and seasonal decorations.
3. Properly train all users to ensure they do not cause a false alarm. Babysitters, housekeepers, children and visitors frequently cause false alarms because they do not understand how to use the system, or do not know their code.
4. Make sure any pets are secured, or bypass the motion detector when leaving home. Some motion detectors are “pet immune”, but they have size/weight restrictions and are limited to one animal.
5. Glassbreak detectors are calibrated to detect sound at the frequency of breaking glass. Occasionally other sounds that mimic glass breaking can set off the detectors. Check for problem items like high-pitched dog barks, vases or glass decorations that could be broken by pets or children.
Notify DFW Security If:
If you plan to make any modifications to your home, notify DFW Security right away. This includes remodeling, replacing doors or windows, adding attic flooring, radiant barrier or hanging drywall; as any of these activities could cause your system to stop working properly.
Notify DFW Security immediately if you plan to change internet providers or phone service. Smart security system components and cameras could stop working until the devices are programmed to your new router. If you are monitored through a landline (versus wireless monitoring), adding or removing internet phones, VOIP, FIOS, cable phones or even intercoms could cause a problem with your alarm system’s communication.
Most alarm systems will notify you if the main system battery or component batteries are low. Be sure to change the batteries immediately for false alarm prevention.
Although false alarms due to faulty equipment are rare, they do occasionally occur, most often during storms. To detect possible problems and ensure your alarm is always working properly, test your system regularly. We recommend at least once per month. Call DFW Security at (877)372-0350 to start the system test.
Promptly notify DFW Security if any trouble lights or notifications show on your alarm keypad, or if you suspect a problem with your alarm system.
False alarm prevention is an important responsibility of every alarm system owner. We are committed to helping you stay protected without the hassle of false alarms. For questions, call (877) 372-0350.