False alarms for home security system owners are a big concern.
False alarms waste police time and resources. They delay police department response to emergency events.
The problem has grown so bad Philadelphia fines homeowners anywhere from $150 to $300 for a false alarm while in Seattle the false alarm fines range from $115 to $230 for each occurrence. Some homeowners pay more in false alarm fines than they did for the cost of the wireless home security system.
Here’s how you can avoid false alarms:
1. Work with experts. Hire a professional home security company to design and install your wireless security alarm system. Professional companies will consider your needs, environment and lifestyle to design false alarm free protection that’s right for you. Check online review sites like Yelp and ask friends for references.
2. Buy a quality system. Avoid the allure of low price and instead focus on what works best for your situation. Select motion detectors that require multiple movements to trigger an alarm. Install home security cameras so alarms can be verified visually before the police are dispatched. Select quality home security equipment to help reduce the risks of false alarms.
3. Get proper training. Too often a security system is installed and the homeowner is left with a manual to read and a video to watch about how to use the system. Instead of being properly trained on best security system operation, the homeowner is left to fend for themselves. Don’t let this happen to you. Insist on a security company that will thoroughly train you on the operation of the system.
4. Secure all doors and windows. One of the biggest causes of false alarms is unlocked doors that blow open when the home security system is armed. Make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure before arming the system.
5. Use verification technology. Home security camera systems allow you to view what’s happening inside your home from any web enabled device, like your smartphone. In the event of an alarm, you can simply look at what’s occurring in your home to see if the police are needed. Some home security systems turn on microphones that are strategically placed throughout the home when the alarm activates. This allows them to hear what’s happening inside the home to see if police or emergency help is needed.
6. Train the kids. Make sure your kids know how to properly use the wireless home security system. Same for any in home help or vendors. Too many false alarms are caused by children and vendors that don’t properly use the system.
7. Have your system inspected and maintained. An annual check of the wireless security system by your security company reduces your risks of false alarms by keeping security equipment in proper working condition.
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