Don’t Fake It Til You Make It – Reducing False Alarms on Your Security Alarm Monitoring

Faking it can be handy sometimes! Fake tanning, false names … even the false impression that somebody is home while you’re on holidays can all be exceptionally useful. However, false alarms on your security alarm monitoring are definitely not ideal – they take staff away from situations that may be potentially life- or property-threatening, and some monitoring companies will actually charge you for false alarms that exceed a certain number per year. Besides that, it’s just embarrassing to have a security guard turn up and question why you want to get into your house! So today we are looking at both the common and unexpected things that can create false alarms on your security alarm monitoring, and how to avoid them.

Lock your doors and windows before arming the system
It sounds basic – but many people seem to get the idea in their heads that when they have security alarm monitoring, all they need to do is arm the system. Often this leads to false alarms when kids’ friends or door-to-door collectors open up the door and yell to check if they’re home,  when a bird flies I through an open window, or when you forget that you armed the system because you didn’t have to unlock the door!

Don’t a pet to move around the house in a non pet-safe system
There are plenty of inexpensive, pet-safe security alarm monitoring systems available nowadays. However, you can’t assume that your new alarm is pet-safe. Ask your security alarm monitoring company about the alarm specs when they’re discussing the product options with you.

Turn your fans off
If you’ve chosen a motion-sensor security alarm monitoring system, rather than an infra-red triggered system, you’ll need to keep windows shut and turn your fans off when you arm the system. Balloons, loose papers and the waving leaves of houseplants are common causes of false alarms.

Leave your washing until you’re home
If you have glass-break detection facilities on your security alarm monitoring contract, the vibrations from a washing machine on spin cycle, or even a clothes dryer, can set the glass-break detectors off.

Leave your number
If you change any of your phone numbers, make sure Pacific Security Technology is on the list of people to notify of the change. If we don’t have a current phone number to check with you if a security alarm monitoring activation was accidental, we have no choice but to show up at the house.

Let us know about changing phone features
Sometimes changes in your phone line, such as adding a number, activating a broadband service, or activating a call waiting feature can cause your system to malfunction, either failing to alert the security alarm monitoring company, or creating false alarms.

If you want to test, let us know!
If you want to test out your security alarm monitoring system, show a friend or family member how it works, you are welcome to. All you need to do is inform Pacific Security Technology in advance, so that we don’t turn up with the sirens blazing!

Common Questions About Back to Base Alarms Answered

It’s a lovely feeling to be inside your house, alone, and yet know that there are people outside watching out for your safety and the safety of your belongings. That’s exactly what back to base alarms do; yet many people still resist getting them because of misunderstandings about how they work. We’re aiming to smash down the walls of misconception today – or at least, answer some of the common questions which might be stopping you from getting a back to base alarm!

Aren’t back to base alarms really expensive?
Definitely not! Especially if you look at the figures involved:
• You can get a back to base alarm system installed for around $700-$1000.
• Your lifetime chance of being burgled is about 1 in 3
• A back to base alarm usually puts some pretty hefty discounts on your home and contents insurance, of around $50 to $100 per year
• You can also confidently put the excess on your home/contents policy up to the highest level, saving $100-$200 per year
• If your back to base alarm prevents a break-in being completed, you will have instantly saved yourself the excess amount on your insurance policy – up to $500.
When you look at the potential savings, even top-of-the-line back to base alarms are not particularly expensive.

Okay, isn’t the monitoring service really expensive?
Monitoring costs as little as $1 per day. Monitoring isn’t just the icing on the cake for a home alarm system, it IS the cake. Many passers-by assume that even if an alarm is going off, ‘Somebody is already dealing with it’. Your neighbours may not always be home, and you wouldn’t want to give them any reason to put themselves in harms way, anyway. When you consider that your home insurance discounts won’t be as sizable without active monitoring, you can see how essential it is!

Can’t back to base alarms be hacked anyway?
No. If anything happens to the alarm other than being armed or disarmed in the standard way, your back to base alarm monitoring company will receive a tamper alert, and will attend immediately. Life isn’t like Charlie’s Angels, fortunately!

Will my pets set off a back to base alarm?
No, there are plenty of ‘pet-proof’ models available nowadays. Most of these infra-red equipped don’t cost much more than standard systems.

But you can’t use them at night when you are home anyway…
Actually, by creating ‘ones’ within the home that your back to base alarm covers, it is possible to cover only certain rooms, certain levels of the house, or selected pockets. For example, you could secure the entire house apart from the bedrooms, or the downstairs only.

What if the power goes out?
Battery backup exists on all back to base alarms, and the monitoring company will be alerted if the battery fails also. However, most battery backups are designed to last around nine hours … far longer than the average blackout!
Back to base alarms will pay for themselves in just a few years, in monetary terms. However, in terms of your peace of mind, they pay for themselves instantly. Nothing else will instantly help you sleep better, and feel more free to enjoy your life!

Honeywell Alarm Security Systems

Even if you’ve never had an alarm security system in your life, you have probably heard of Honeywell Security Products. At Pacific Security Technology, Honeywell alarm security systems and the accessories that go along with them are some of our biggest sellers. Today we are looking at the alarm-based components of the Honeywell range, and what’s helped the company become one of Pacific Security Technology’s most popular brands.
Honeywell alarm security system control panels
Honeywell make both wireless and wired control panels, but they only have a single model of wireless system, along with three different models of wired control panel. Their Lynx wireless control panel combines the functionality of:
control panel, keypad, siren, dialer, two-way voice system, and speakerphone.
This alarm security system also has some neat optional extras, like a family message centre (throw away the post-it notes!), a quick-exit feature that lets you leave the house for a short time without doing a full arm and disarm, and alarm and reminder announcements.
The three Honeywell wired systems have some pretty neat features as well – there are flexible function keys that allow for one-touch arming, the ability to control the system from any touchtone phone, a graphic display of event logs and the exit countdown, and the ability to program alarm security system arming and disarming.
Door and window contact transmitters
These are a very useful addition to alarm security systems, and Honeywell has quite a wide range. We find that the recessed mini transmitters are wonderful because they simply aren’t visible … the only people that will know it is there are your family members. Honeywell’s other standard non-recessed transmitters are ultra-slim and very unobtrusive. Many customers choose the wall transmitter which has arm/disarm functions as well as light and garage door controls on its panel.

Motion sensors
Your alarm security system control panel will be pretty useless without a motion sensor! Honeywell has a few basic motion sensors, with features like:
• The ability to surface, flush, or corner-mount the unit – whatever suits your home best
• Completely silent relay – if you’ve ever been annoyed by the clicks that other systems can make, you’ll appreciate this feature!
• The ability to temperature-compensate – the sensor would actually only activate within a certain range above or below body temperature to minimise false alarms
• Heat/cold  tolerance
Keypads
Honeywell have really leaped ahead of other companies into the 21st century with their range of keypads – you can choose from keypads that are:
• Wireless (so you can carry them round the house with you)
• Graphics-based and have menu driven prompts – these are really easy to use!
• Voice-based – the control panel will speak to you
Honeywell’s products used trusted technology, and focus on user-friendliness. Pacific Security Technology can help show you how they’ll protect your home – grab a free alarm security system consultation today!