Will my pet set off my security system and cause a false alarm?
False alarms are scary, stressful and can be quite costly.
You want to install a security system to keep your family safe, but worry that Fido or Fluffy might
set off the alarm.
It does happen. But there are ways to reduce or eliminate the problem of pet-triggered false
A reputable installer will ask new customers if they have pets in the house. If so, they can
customize your system keeping your pets in mind.
Most pet issues are caused by motion detectors. These devices are activated by either
movement or body heat.
If you have a small cat that wanders around your home, your installer can install motion
detectors that are not triggered by an 11 pound feline. These pet-friendly motion detectors can
be adjusted so as to pick up movement only if the person or pet is more than 40 or 50 pounds.
Keep in mind, that sometimes it’s not a pet but a breeze through an open window that sets off a
motion detector. Balloons, spiders and even motorized holiday decorations have been known to
set off an alarm.
Restricting your pet to certain device-free areas of your home is always an option. But pet-
friendly devices are often preferable.
Glass-break detectors are another alternative to motion detectors. They have an embedded
microphone that is activated by a certain decibel of sound. For most homeowners, these
devices are a pet-friendly alternative to motion detectors. They also activate before an intruder
enters your home.
If your home has many hard surfaces that allow sound to travel easily, some glass-break
devices can be triggered by a barking dog or a breaking dish. Your installer can help you decide
if these sensors make sense in your home.
Large dogs can also set off a door contact if the door isn’t closed securely or the sensor
becomes loose. Check these routinely to make sure they are in good condition.
Also make sure house guests know not to open armed doors and windows when your system is
False alarms are costly and burden emergency responders. Make sure you know what to do in
the event of a false alarm. Have your installer put your system on “test” and practice using it
before putting it online. Make sure all family members know the security code and what to do if
the alarm sounds.
The placement and type of security devices you choose for your home is key to avoiding false
alarms. A licensed security professional will be able to customize your system to fit the needs of
your family, which includes your pets.
For more information contact Delco Alarm Systems.