Seven Ways to Reduce False Alarms - Eagle Eye Security LTD

Posted by Debra Walker on July 26th, 2022

False alarms are a severe concern in Canada as they create several issues for the public as well as edifices. The first step to reducing false alarms is to know the common causes of it. Video surveillance cameras having alarming features are the dominant tools to fight against crime for businesses.

Nevertheless, they may become a source of disruption by creating false alarms than real ones due to several reasons like faulty equipment, dead batteries, improper installation, user error, etc.

There are various common reasons for false alarms like: -

  • Kids, neighbours, and guests

  • Unlocked or loose gates and windows

  • Household animals

  • Cleaning teams, repairers, or private contractors who are unfamiliar with the alarming systems

  • Used batteries that need replacing

  • Malfunctioning of equipment

  • The act of moving holiday decoration elements like balloons or plants

In fact, false alarms contribute approximately 95% to all processed emergency-response events. In addition to this, because of false alarms, you have to incur financial costs as third-party responders might send you a bill when they come to your home and find the alarm was false.

Here are 7 ways to reduce false alarms: -

  1. Fully Trained Surveillance Team:

Nowadays, surveillance cameras come enriched with Artificial Intelligence (AI) that makes it easy for people to deter the cause of false alarms. Large security organizations gather and utilize security data after regular time intervals.

To ensure false alarm prevention, hiring fully trained CCTV surveillance security guards is a good idea. Additionally, use that team for providing 24/7 hours monitoring of a property so that they can immediately respond to security events.


  1. Strategic Placement of Components:

Keep the sensors away from air/heat vents, fans, and windows to avoid breezes that could cause a false alarm. After finding an appropriate position, you need to change the position of moving objects in order to keep them away from the sensors immediately after installing the alarm system. Make the keypad installation certain where it can be easily accessed like the exit point.


  1. Annual Alarm System Inspection:

Annual maintenance of your security system guarantees the proper transmission of signals while ensuring that sensor connections or loose-fitting doors or windows are not broken. Ask the security company to inspect the security equipment more frequently each year for the proper functioning of sensitive components, such as glass-break detectors.


  1. Update the System As Required:

It is necessary to inform your security services provider, if any changes in your home are being made like home renovations so that they won’t affect your security system. The security company will ask you to update your security system to avoid the risk of triggering a false alarm that can tolerate the pets. For instance, you may have a forgo motion detector installed, the alarm is activated whenever your pet dogs roam anywhere in your home.

  1. Train the Users Properly:

First, you need to trail the family members after providing them authority to access the alarm system at your residence including children and relatives. Teach them to arm and disarm the security system properly by giving a proper demonstration of its functioning. Provide them with the passcode as well as the phone number to your monitoring station in case the alarm goes off accidentally. In addition to this, place the monitoring station’s contact information on the control panel to make it readily available.

  1. Use Verified Alarm Systems:

The equipment that has been used for a longer period of time can also cause false alarms and to avoid this trigger, check whether your security service provider uses verified business alarm systems or not. Moving further, verified business alarm features like live-monitored video creation and audio intrusion detection, also make real-time monitoring and dismissing the false alarms easy for the trained alarm security guards.

  1. Check for Sensor Damage or Looseness:

In order to avoid sensor damage or looseness, perform check-ups on regular basis to ensure they are secure and to prevent getting loose with opening and closing a door everyday. Moreover, keep your security system neat and clean from dust, cobwebs and other particles at the home that can trigger the sensors.

Approximately, 7,000 false alarms occur every year in Vancouver, BC, which is an unnecessary use of resources. The purpose of using alarm systems is to protect human lives and assets; therefore, they should be installed, used and maintained properly. When misused, they become a liability; Vancouver's fire department has begun to impose hefty fines for false fire alarms hoping that it will decrease the strain on city resources.

Steps to Reduce the Number of False Alarms: -

  • Equipment inspection and maintenance should be done on a regular basis.

  • Ensure that only trained people use the alarm systems operation.

  • Securing windows and doors before turning the alarm system on.

  • Keep yourself aware of environmental changes comprising new animals, seasonal decorations, plants, etc.

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