Understanding Home Security False Alarms

To ensure your home security system remains effective, it’s crucial to prevent false alarms. These unnecessary alerts erode your trust in your devices and dilute the significance of genuine warnings. They can also get you a ticket from the city for multiple occurances. This guide will help you identify the common causes of these false alarms, distinguishing between those stemming from environmental or local causes, and those resulting from system or equipment issues.


Locally-Caused False Alarms

  1. Environmental Factors
    • Weather-Related: Thunderstorms, intense heat, windy days, and other weather conditions can cause false alarms. For instance, wind might knock down an outdoor table triggering audio sensors, while a blizzard may obstruct camera views, continually activating motion alerts.
    • Surroundings: Traffic noise and loud appliances might also set off alarms. Proper planning and strategic device placement can mitigate these issues.
  2. Animals: Insects, Wildlife, and Pets
    • Even with sophisticated detection systems, animals frequently activate alerts. This could be a pet walking past a camera or an insect buzzing near an audio sensor.
  3. Renovations and Furniture Adjustments
    • The location and setup of your sensors significantly influence their effectiveness. Relocating furniture or changing your home’s layout might increase the chance of false alerts.
  4. Interference from Electronics
    • Technical disruptions from devices like remote controls, cell phones, computers, and household appliances can mistakenly trigger alarms. These can usually be fixed by adjusting the placement of the security devices.


System-Caused False Alarms

  1. Faulty Equipment
    • Burnt-out wiring, defective sensors, or connectivity issues might cause false alarms. The remedy often involves professional repair or replacement.
  2. System Sensitivity
    • If not correctly set, sensitivity settings can lead to repeated unwanted alerts.
  3. Improper Installation and User Errors
    • Incorrectly setup devices may not function as intended. Additionally, user errors like accidental setting changes or mistakenly activating the panic button can also lead to false alarms.
  4. System Updates and Maintenance
    • Occasionally, updates or system changes can result in a false alarm. Some may require awaiting a manufacturer’s patch to rectify the issues.


Combating The Problem

Addressing false alarms can range from simple DIY solutions like changing a sensor, to seeking expert help. Engaging a team of home security professionals can help detect issues, making sure your property remains secure. Premier Tech Security offers 24/7 alarm monitoring to sift through alerts, quickly finding genuine threats from false alarms. For smart home security, get a quote today.