Security system false alarms occurred in approximately 16 % of all alarm installations in Australia, whilst this figure may seem high at first there is no need for concern. The main reasons for these false alarms is accidental arming or disarming which usually happen because people are unfamiliar with its operation or simply forget it is turned on and accidentally trip the alarm. In our busy lives there is so much to remember and if the alarm is hard to disarm, false alarms are almost guaranteed. Typically most people will find disarming an alarm easy however others can be challenged if the disarming sequence requires more than 4 keystrokes. In this situation we recommend a small cheat sheet be placed next to the keypad or the addition of a “fob keyring unit” which can simplify the operation.
False alarms that happen regularly result in people not using their alarms because they stop arming them. A troublesome alarm can quickly erode any neighbourly goodwill and a community that “looks after each other” is a potent tool in stopping or deterring crime. Australian standards require any alarm system to shut off after 5 minutes however if the fault still occurs it will keep sounding. If it continues to sound for even a short period (say 30 mins) late at night the neighbours will become very unhappy and reports to both the Police and the local Council can result in fines.
Rodents that chew through wiring and insects and geckos crawling over detectors also cause false alarms, (excluding accidental trips) and whilst rodent damage is hard to stop correct installation of detectors can reduce this irksome problem. Installations done prior to 2000 are more prone to false alarms by the way the detectors were installed. These days most detectors are installed on “storks” which allow the detector to be installed “off the wall” rather than hard up against the wall. Geckos and other insects are less inclined to crawl over the front of the detector which causes false alarms. Read more about false alarms in part 2
Security System false alarms – Part 1
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