Law Enforcement agencies Nationwide agree that the number one way to prevent home invasions and burglaries is by installing a monitored home security system. While good locks and outdoor lighting help in keeping burglars out, having a monitored alarm system prevents break ins and offers greater peace of mind. Loud exterior sirens coupled with police response creates an environment that deters burglars from attempting to enter your home or business. This valuable home and business protection is what has made ADT Security services a household name.
While monitored home security systems help prevent burglaries if they are installed incorrectly or used by the owner improperly can create costly false alarms. Every year local police and fire authorities spend millions of dollars responding to false alarms nationwide. False alarms have become such a big problem that some cities have opted to discontinue police response. The residents in these cities have had to resort to hiring a security guard company to respond in the event their security systems go off at any point. In the city of Miami if a business or homeowner accrues an excessive amount of false alarms he is put on a no response status until the problem is corrected and the city inspects the system.
So what steps can you take to ensure you do not get on a police no response status? Or rather what are the major causes of false alarms in business and home alarm systems in Miami, Fl? The answer to these questions can be divided up into several categories. The first category is actually user error when activating their security system. The next category can be described as weather conditions or acts of God. Another category causing false alarms is equipment failure. Improper installation can also be categorized is a major cause of false alarms. Lastly, pets and environmental conditions are also a cause of false alarms many times. In order to gain a better understanding of the causes of false alarms we will discuss each cause individually.
Security System User ErrorThis category is without a doubt the one responsible for causing the majority of false alarms. User error accounts for more than half of all false alarms. When the installing company does not do a thorough job of explaining the proper operation of the security system then false alarms are inevitable. The majority of user error false alarms are caused by just three components in system operation. The first happens when the user is arming or disarming the alarm system and exiting the home. If the proper amount of time is not programmed into the system to allow sufficient time to exit or enter the home or business this will cause the alarm system to go into a false alarm condition. The second user error causing false alarms is the person using the alarm system not remembering or knowing their password. If the alarm system activates at any time the ADT monitoring station will call and ask for a verbal passcode. If the person on premise does not know the passcode
Weather Conditions- Acts of GodAnother major factor that is related to the cause of false alarms is severe weather conditions. When extreme weather conditions occur such as thunder storms the result is the alarm system incurring power surges. Lighting and thunderstorms cause power surges which in turn causes damage to your home and business security system. If your alarm system is armed during a lightning or thunder storm and a power surge occurs then it is very possible that the system will go into an alarm condition. The way to prevent this from happening it to make sure that the installing company installs surge protectors to assure power surges will not affect the system.
Equipment FailureMany false alarm are simply caused by equipment failure. If a motion sensor is faulty it is vulnerable to any kind of environmental change causing it to go off. If a door or window sensor is faulty then any movement at all of the door or window will also cause false alarms. Faulty glass break sensors will initiate a false alarm from any kind of noise it picks up. ADT Security and for that matter any alarm company in Miami, Fl recommend testing all alarm components at least once per month to make sure all is working properly. This is the home or business owners responsibility rather than the installing company.
Improper InstallationIf the technician installing the security system does not install the system according to the manufacturers specs you can expect false alarms to occur. Each security system component comes with detailed instructions on what the proper installation procedure should be followed. Motion sensors cannot be placed air conditioner or heating vents. They should never face out a window or face towards mirror walls. Door and window sensors must be installed with screws to ensure they do not fall off unintentionally. Glass break sensors should not be installed where they are affected by environmental noise within the protected area.
False Alarm PenaltiesThese and other reasons account for millions of false alarms annually. False alarms presently are costing local authorities millions of dollars annually. In response to this great cost absorbed by the local police authorities most cities are enforcing false alarm fines. In Miami Dade County the police will come out to your home or business three times per calendar year with no penalty. After the third false alarm you are charged fines that go up in cost incrementally. Some municipalities like the city of Miami will put you on a no response list if you accrue an excessive amount of false alarms. False alarms have become such a big problem that the cities across America are working together with the alarm system manufacturers to implement features to reduce false alarms.
If you would like more information on how you can upgrade your existing alarm system to prevent further false alarms then simply call us today at (786)325-7867 or (305)233-6044 and one of our security system specialists will review your present system and make proper recommendations. Or you can visit our website at www.miamifloridahomesecurity.com and put your information into the contact form page.