Government authorities specifically the police or fire fighters are reporting very high rate of false alarms they get. They explain that while they always respond to all alarms, the false ones are wasting taxpayers’ money. In some places, false alarms reaching a set level are already penalized.
Even if there’s no penalty for excessive false alarms in your area, it’s true that they are a waste of government resources. Actually there are ways to avoid excessive false alarms. One of the major causes of false alarms is the homeowners themselves – those who have not mastered the correct way of operating their home security systems.
So, the first solution is to know how to properly use all the equipment in the system. Then look for alarm systems with abort signals. If you accidentally set off the alarm be sure to turn it off within 30 seconds. This aborted alarm will be ignored by the central monitoring station. However, always inform your central monitoring station that you just had a false alarm because burglars may also abort your alarm system.
Another way to reduce false alarms is to choose a security system which includes a Two-way Voice Communication feature. Through this two-way voice communication, a central station operator will call you if they receive an alarm signal from you to verify if it’s valid or not. If it’s just a false alarm, they will not call the police. If it is a valid alarm, they will confirm to the proper authorities your need for assistance.