Every year, emergency responders go out, ready to respond appropriately to a possible break-in only to find that it's just another false alarm.  This can be quite frustrating, especially given just how common these false alarms are.

For the owner of the property on which the alarm systems are installed, there are a couple of consequences:

  • You may attract a hefty fine for every time there is a false alarm. Because false alarms can happen due to a wide range of issues, you will be allowed a certain limit, but once this limit is reached, you will have to pay a fine for it each time.
  • Emergency response can be revoked. This can be a very daunting reality if you do find yourself dealing with a real intrusion that requires an emergency response. Think of the boy that cried wolf.

Instead of a completely revoking response, police services in most cities have imposed strict requirements, including needing a two-way verification from the security company to confirm that the alarm is indeed real.

What to Do

In the face of such consequence, it's your responsibility as a property owner with installed alarm systems to do all that you can to ensure that you eliminate (or at least reduce) the risk of setting off false alarms.

1. Invest in Top-Quality, User-Friendly Alarm Systems

A system of quality will perform without unexpected system malfunctions and incorrect system response. It may cost you a little more to get this grade of equipment, but the investment will more than pay for itself, and not just in limiting the number of false alarms.

When shopping around for alarm systems, you should also ensure that you choose one that is not too complex to the extent that you and other users experience difficulty with the operation.

2. Get a Professional Alarm System

To begin with, ensure that your alarm systems are installed by a qualified and experienced security systems company. Malfunctioning due to a poorly installed system and incorrect programming are among some of the leading triggers of false alarms.

3. Master Your System

This does not mean that you should spend your time and energy trying to understand the inner workings of alarm systems. However, you should have a practical understanding of basic operations, such as correctly arming and disarming the system. You should also ensure that other family members, regular house guests or any people who may be visiting know as much.