An intrusion alarm can provide valuable protection if installed correctly and used responsibly. An alarm is a major factor when a thief picks a target—most would prefer to go where there is no alarm. Nevertheless, an alarm can never replace good locks, solid doors and lighting.
- Check with several companies before you buy an alarm so you can decide what level of security fits your needs.
- Your contract should include alarm monitoring and maintenance.
- Advertise the fact there is an alarm by displaying warning decals.
- Leave the alarm code with a trusted neighbor and instruct them on how to disarm it, if necessary.
- Every family member should learn how to use the system properly. Setting off false alarms will cause people to stop taking it seriously.
Here are helpful tips to eliminate false alarms:
- If the alarm is accidentally activated, the alarm company and Taylor Police should be notified immediately.
- All loose fitting doors and windows with sensors should be tightened. A loose fit may break the senor contact.
- A motion detector can be activated by moveable objects like pets, plants, balloons, etc., or fans that stir the air.
- Have wide-gap sensors installed on all doors.
- Have the sensitivity on motion detectors and glass-breaking sensors adjusted so unwanted sounds or items will not activate them.
- If storms activate an alarm, have it checked and adjusted.
- Alarm companies can set up “double sensor” dispatching, where they will not call police for interior motion activations without having other sensors activated.
- Update alarm systems older than five years old.
- After setting the alarm, wait to insure it activated itself properly.
Source: American Crime Prevention Institute