Tired of false alarms? Here’s how to prevent them

Avoid false alarms with some simple steps

Avoid false alarms with some simple steps

Imagine the scene: it’s the middle of the night, you’re fast asleep in bed, and, suddenly, a shrill siren wakes you. It’s the burglar alarm. You jump out of bed, but, not sure if it’s safe to go downstairs, you stay in your bedroom. A police car pulls up outside your house, where your neighbours have gathered in their dressing gowns. After a few minutes’ investigation, and no sign of a break-in, a police officer spots your cat wandering close to one of the sensors. It was the cat, and not a burglar, that set off the alarm – irritating your neighbours, wasting police time and causing you a lot of stress in the process.

While this scenario may seem far-fetched, it shows the disruption that can be caused by false alarms. According to the Association of Chief Police Officers, on average, 89% of police call-outs for burglar alarms in the UK are in response to false alarms – and often these may be pet-related. With this in mind, we’ve gathered some quick tips to help homeowners ensure that their alarm only goes off in an emergency.

Keep your alarm codes safe

If you or a member of your family forgets the code to deactivate the burglar alarm, this can make your alarm sound as though you are an intruder. While it is not advisable to keep the code for your alarm anywhere that an intruder might find it, you could make sure that everyone living in the house has the code in their purse or wallet, so that it is to hand if they should forget it. If you change the alarm code, remember to give everyone the new version.

Check the batteries regularly

We’re sure you’re familiar with the infuriating bleeping that a fire alarm makes when it is low on battery. A similar thing happens with burglar alarms – if the batteries need changing, they can produce false alarms. Changing a burglar alarm’s batteries is easy, so it is definitely worth checking them every so often to ensure that they are in proper working condition.

We were called to maintain a burglar alarm in Tolworth recently where the homeowner hadn’t changed the batteries for nearly 5 years.

Use pet-immune sensors

To stop the scenario we mentioned at the start of this blog from occurring, you can use pet-immune sensors for your burglar alarm. The sensors are designed to ignore movement from pets that are below a certain weight, so that they cannot accidentally trigger the alarm.

Here at Angel Security, our burglar alarms are specially designed to reduce the risk of false alarms, to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Contact us today to find out more.