False Alarm Panic: Prevention Tips


You awake to the shrill scream of the home security alarm. What do you do? Panic. Then realize it’s a false alarm and take a deep breath. Cancel the alarm. Fix yourself a drink, maybe. Pet the dog, or muss your kid’s hair.

Now that you’ve calmed down, learn how to do better next time.

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Learn How To Cancel An Accidental Alarm

Your service provider will provide instructions on what to do in the event of a false alarm. If you jump quickly enough, you might avoid the hassle and embarrassment of telling the police it was just a mistake. The security company may even call to confirm before dispatching the police.

Don’t Let It Happen Again

Home-security customers who set off recurring false alarms may be subject to municipal fines or termination of their services. Plus, false alarms are scary! So here are some tips.

  • Check Your Batteries

Low battery voltage is the second most common cause of false alarms. Replace this battery no less frequently than every five years.

  • Pets And Motion Sensors

If you have a pet, ask your security company to install “pet immune” motion sensors.

  • Check Your Sensors

The magnetic sensors on your doors and windows can wear out over time. If you are routinely having false alarms, check these simply by opening one window at a time and noting whether the keypad reflects the change.

  • Air Vents    

Sometimes a motion sensor near an air vent will trigger the alarm when the air conditioning kicks on. If this is the case, move the sensor.

  • Glass Break Detectors

These are calibrated to the pitch of breaking glass, so a passing car or thunder should not set them off, but if you suspect a problem, only your security company can investigate.

  • Protect Yourself From Yourself

Everyone in your family should be on the same page and know how to turn the alarm on or off.  The whole family should also know how to enter the house if someone else has already armed the alarm.

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Never Ignore False Alarms

As infuriating as they may be, you can never be sure what caused a false alarm. While you may assume it was that darn cat again, be sure to check around your house for signs of an attempted break-in. The worst thing you can do is become so annoyed with false alarms that you ignore them, or stop arming the system to avoid the issue.

If you are experiencing problems with your security system, do not hesitate to call your security company and ask for their advice. Different systems will have different quirks, and your providers will be able to help you prevent false alarms.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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