A false alarm is a nuisance and annoying both for you and your neighbours. If you have good neighbours, they may help keep an eye on your premises. But if false alarms occur regularly, they may just ignore them. So it is important to reduce false alarm.
Perhaps it is also one reason why some may choose to disable their alarm. But remember, a false alarm is better than no alarm. It is a matter of keeping your alarm in good working condition.
What causes false alarms?
It could be loose connections, misaligned magnetic sensors or a worn-out battery. Or it could be rodents, birds, spiders straying or triggering motion sensors. So it is important to note where and when the alarm occurs so.
Approximately 80% of false alarms are caused by simple user errors. The good news is that these false alarms are avoidable. You can prevent false alarms by:
- Entering the correct PIN code within the time duration set. If the duration is insufficient, you can set a longer duration. Entry Delay can be set from 1 to 2 minutes.
- Training and teaching others how to arm and disarm the system particularly for businesses
- Avoid Auto Arm. Some businesses prefer to set their alarm to arm automatically every night. While convenient, it can create false alarms when employees worked overtime past the arming period.
- Properly secure doors and windows before arming
- People and pets can set motion sensors off. If you have pets, you may need to install Pet Immunity Motion Sensors.
Faulty equipment or sensors can cause a false alarm though this is rather unusual. More often, if there is an alarm attributable to a detector or sensor, it is likely the wrong sensors were used, or the environment is not suitable or the original usage has changed.
For example, installing a motion sensor that faces an open window will cause a false alarm as the sensor can detect movement outside the window.
If you are encountering false alarms and not sure where or what is causing it, please feel free to contact Securevision.