Sonitrol Advises on the Hazards of False Alarms and How to Prevent Them
ORLANDO, FL, Sep 04, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
The event of a security system's alarm being inadvertently activated,
or a false alarm being triggered, is a growing issue in communities
throughout the nation that extends far beyond inconvenience. A
professionally installed security system is designed to provide its
users protection from loss of property, physical damage and even
personal injury. However, when local authorities are constantly
dispatched in response to false alarms, this not only results in
losses of both taxpayer-funded work time and money, but also
cultivates a habit of hesitation among law enforcement officials when
a real alarm signal is received. In the event of a true emergency,
the impact that the high volume of false alarms can have on the
appropriate and timely response from law enforcement, as well as on
the peace of mind and well-being of a community, has become
False alarms continue to be an ongoing problem in the security
industry, as 95% of all reported alarm calls into law enforcement are
reported as false. Of these false alarms, at least 80% are caused by
a preventable error by the end-user, with the rest attributed to
weather-related circumstances, equipment malfunction or poor design.
As a result, to combat the high volume of unnecessary false alarms
and in an effort to raise awareness of the wasted law enforcement
resources, many cities and states across the United States have begun
implementing two different types of false alarm prevention programs.
1. False Alarm Fines: A penalty is issued to users with repeated
false alarm responses to a specific property over a period of time.
Beyond a fine, this can even lead to placement on a "No Response"
list by law enforcement.
2. Verified Response or Enhanced Call Verification: New laws now
being enforced by many cities and states require that an alarm call
first be verified, either by audio or video, or in some cases,
multiple calls to the end user, before law enforcement is dispatched.
For users of electronic security systems in their homes and places of
work, risk of a fine is nominal compared to the cost that false
alarms have on the efficiency of their own security system, the
safety of the people and property it is installed to protect and the
overall sense of safety and wellbeing throughout the community.
How to Reduce False Alarms:
Sonitrol, with its Verified Electronic Security Solution, has
compiled some simple steps to ensure the proper operation and
efficiency of an electronic security system. Making sure the security
system is used properly and the users are properly trained are the
easiest and most essential actions to reducing false alarms. By
following these basic procedures, false alarms can be greatly reduced
or even eliminated from homes and business:
1. Make sure the security system provider's central monitoring
station has current contact information so that the correct and
timely notifications can be made.
2. If the security system has motion sensors, keep pets out of the
area of protection to prevent unintentional activation of the system.
Motion detectors are one of the most problematic devices in security
systems today, and one of the main causes of false alarms. Sonitrol's
Verified Audio and Video Solutions eliminate the guess work and
subsequent false alarms that accompany the use of motion sensors.
3. Make sure that the perimeter security of the protected facility is
maintained. Repair all loose fitting doors and overhead doors that do
not seal properly. Be sure all door and windows are locked when the
facility is closed.
4. Be sure that all users are trained on how to arm and disarm the
system, as well as how to call and cancel an unintentional alarm.
This includes neighbors who have keys to a house while the user is on
vacation. Sonitrol provides additional training for this to ensure
maximum efficiency and protection from their systems.
5. Make sure that exit and entry delay times allow enough time to
exit the premises when arming the system and enough time to disarm
6. Keep the system properly maintained. Sonitrol recommends and
provides periodic maintenance service for their systems. Obsolete or
malfunctioning equipment will add to the false alarm problem.
7. Strongly consider upgrading to newer technology, specifically to a
system that offers a verified solution, if the current system is
older. Just like PCs and mobile devices, technology in security
systems is constantly changing for the better.
8. Make sure that the stand-by batteries are properly charged. If the
stand-by batteries, designed to run a security system in the event of
a power failure, are not functioning properly, neither will the
9. Make sure that communication lines (phone line, internet,
cellular) are in proper working order. Security systems require
communication between the premise and central monitoring station to
operate properly. Having a system like Sonitrol, which verifies its
communication path to the central monitor station each and every time
it is armed, not only allows for a greater sense of security, but is
truly the most thorough solution.
10. During any renovations, please contact the security provider so
that they may assist in the modifications of the security system to
avoid any problems associated with construction.
Sonitrol Security is committed to providing customers with the most
comprehensive security in order to ensure the peace of mind, safety
and protection of property and loved ones. Cooperation in the
elimination of false alarms is not only beneficial to the system's
user, but aids in better protection of the entire community by
allowing law enforcement to use their resources as efficiently as
For more information, please visit www.Sonitrol.com.
Sonitrol Verified Electronic Security provides businesses with a
single source of integrated, state-of-the-art security solutions for
intrusion, video, access and fire, all backed with professional
monitoring by experienced, trained personnel. Sonitrol's ability to
verify an intrusion in real time offers unrivaled credibility with
local law enforcement, and is a key advantage, as a growing number of
municipalities pass Verified Response regulations requiring
verification that an intrusion is actually taking place before police
dispatch personnel to the site. Sonitrol has the best apprehension
rate in the industry, at over 169,000 -- and the fewest dispatches
for false alarms. Sonitrol offers integrated components to customize
a solution that can expand easily with the growth of customers'
needs. Sonitrol's trusted technology and responsive service provides
peace of mind and a measure of quality that is unmatched in the
Sonitrol is available throughout the United States, Canada and the
For more information, please call 1-877-SONITROL, or visit
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