False Alarms : No Real Emergency.
Dealing with False Alarms is a Huge Waste of Police Time.
alarms are intended to aid in the defense and protection of your
property. They are a vital part of any home security system.
However alarms triggered when there is no real emergency
are an extensive problem.
Every year thousands of man-hours are wasted
by police, and other emergency services, by responding to alarms where
there is not an emergency situation on the premises.
This time would be far better spent dealing with real burglaries and other emergencies.
in the case of audible alarms, sirens or bells sounding unnecessarily
creates a real nuisance to neighbors.
Too many inappropriate alarms mean
that alarms are ignored by neighbors and the public, much as audible
automobile alarms are.
Because of the serious issue of the waste
of police time and nuisance caused to the community, there are usually
penalties imposed for false alarms, dependent upon where in the world
As the property owner you can be held responsible for inappropriate
alarm activation. In some places you may be required to obtain a permit
to install a monitored alarm and possibly unmonitored alarms.
some countries or cities will not attend an alarm call unless there are
eyewitnesses to an intruder being on the property.
On their way to a real emergency or to an alarm activated inappropriately?
In general practice penalties are not imposed for a first occurrence of a nuisance
alarm, but very likely will be imposed for a second offense, increasing in severity for repeated instances.
areas police will refuse to attend after a set number of inappropriate
How to Avoid User Error Setting Off False Alarms.
- It is vitally important that all users of your home security alarm system
fully understand how the system works. This means all members of the
household, including any children that have keys, as well as neighbors,
baby-sitters, daily help and anyone that has key access.
users must be made aware of the correct arming codes and passwords, and
know the telephone numbers and process for canceling a false alarm.
users must understand which doors have been set for delay and which
have not. When leaving users must ensure all windows and doors are
- Make sure that pets are prevented from moving through areas that are protected by motion detectors.
Take steps to keep detectors free from insects, an insect crawling
across the lens can set off an alarm. Do not put up holiday decorations
or banners in areas covered by motion detectors.
leaving or entering your home make sure that you have all the keys and
key fobs that you need for your alarm system – and that you are
absolutely sure of your system codes.
There is no doubt that dealing with inappropriate alarms is a huge
After a Burglary.
After a burglary it is possible you will receive the attention of a
burglar again, probably the same burglar! You see burglars figure that
you will likely replace the items that they have stolen and they would
like the replacements too.