Many False Alarms Are Preventable

False Alarm / Nov 10, 2020

Modern home alarm systems in NZ are so advanced that they provide security and protection on a whole new level. People who have asked us to install them tell us they have never enjoyed so much peace of mind. Yet, amazingly, there are still some people out there who decide against installing alarm systems at their homes because of the so-called inconvenience of false alarms.  But when you look at the most common causes of false alarms, you’ll see they’re highly preventable.

User error: The most common cause of false alarms is user error. Entering the wrong passcodes too often, or letting someone else use it like a contractor or delivery person, are typical culprits. Thankfully, modern home alarm systems in New Zealand are becoming increasingly easy to use and user error is becoming less common. And if there is confusion as to how they work, a company like ours will happily clarify things.

Low batteries: When batteries run low on some alarm systems, it can trigger a false alarm. Again this is highly preventable .e.g. regular inspections by our qualified security technicians will ensure the battery is never an issue.

Pets moving in front of the alarm: Thankfully, this is much less of an issue with modern alarm systems being able to detect the motion of pets moving in front of them. But for those with old fashioned alarm systems, it can still be a problem. Solution? Upgrade to a modern system!

Unsecured windows and doors: When people fail to secure windows and doors before arming the system, then this can set off false alarms. Some systems are very sensitive and an unsecured door or window that is fractionally disturbed by wind or rain can trigger them. By ensuring all windows and doors are firmly locked, this problem is easily overcome.

As you’ve just read, these false alarm “triggers” are very, very preventable. Something else to remember is that the cutting-edge home alarm systems we supply and install are so good, that false alarms are becoming very rare. Plus, regular inspections of those systems will further decrease those unscheduled alarms. It comes down to a combination of common sense, and working with a company like ours, to ensure that false alarms become largely a thing of the past.