False alarms on a home security system can be just as bad as no alarm at all. Just ask city dwellers if they run outside in their slippers every time they hear a car alarm go off. Of course not! The frequency of these (often benign) events has desensitized most people to the sound.
But, with more and more people seeing the value of a home alarm system, false alarms can create real problems.
For one, it compromises local police by sending units out on wild goose chases, diverting them from actual emergencies. Some municipalities have begun issuing fines for frequent false alarms and are even denying service to a household or business with continued offenses.
There’s also the risk that, as with car alarms, frequent accidental alarms on a home security system can desensitize your family—leading you to ignore what might actually be a threat.
All too often, though, an accidental alarm is caused by something pretty simple.
Home alarm systems can improve your home’s security and provide a great feeling of confidence. But it can also be pretty embarrassing to have a swarm of police cars surround your house simply because you forgot to tell your spouse you changed the alarm code.
Rather than risk a fine or have a legitimate alarm ignored, you can take a few simple steps to prevent false alarms from ever being an inconvenience—for you or the authorities.