Prevent Damaging Burglar Alarm System Mistakes
Did you know that a home without a burglar alarm system is three times more likely to be robbed? It’s a shocking statistic, made all the more frightening when you consider the number of false alarms police have to deal with. False alarms can be emotionally and financially devastating. But since smart security is essential to residential safety, major manufacturers like Alarm.com have worked tirelessly to minimize their potential.
At Safe Home Security, we take every aspect of your safety into account when designing a security system for your Orlando, FL property. In this blog, we’ll show you how Alarm.com continues to combat false alarms, and some simple steps you can take to avoid them.
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In 2012, between 94 and 98 percent of alarm system calls to the police were false. Today, that number has been reduced by over 98 percent thanks to a single, simple concept: confirmation.
Modern smart alarm systems — in particular, the ones supported by remote monitoring services — will notify you directly before contacting the authorities. The user can then review surveillance footage and cancel the alarm if nothing is wrong.
But Alarm.com wanted to help reduce the risk of a false alarm even more. That’s why they released Smart Signal. The new feature, available as part of an Alarm.com system, allows you to receive alerts and cancel them directly through the app.
While it may seem like a small change, Smart Signal has shown significant results. At this year’s CES, the Consumer Technology Association named Smart Signal the 2019 Security Product of the Year. That means you can rest easy knowing your system won’t accidentally call the police.
How You Can Prevent False Alarms
The most effective deterrent to false alarms is you. Here are a few easy ways you can help reduce the risk.
Educate Your Family: Many false alarms are caused by simple, preventable issues, like leaving a door or window open, a pet exploring the home while you’re not around, and simple day-to-day activities that are otherwise harmless. Modern smart security systems have built-in protections so most of these issues won’t trigger an alarm, but there’s no replacement for a simple, straightforward conversation about it.
Everyone Knows Their Codes: Make sure your kids, spouse, and anyone else who lives in the house knows what their codes are. Individual codes to disarm the alarm system, via a keypad or smartphone, can let you know when specific people arrive and leave. But forgetting to punch one in can set off the alarm and cause a headache.
Work with a professional: A professionally installed system will provide you with greater control, simpler interfaces, and the right technology to keep you safe. Today’s technology is easy to use and gives you a range of options to choose from, making your home safer than ever.
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