Pets and Security Systems
You’ve installed a home security system to keep your family safe, but worry that your beloved pets can trigger a false alarm. Pet-triggered false alarms are more than an inconvenience. They can also be quite costly. The folks at Delco Alarm Systems know Fifi and Fido are part of the family. By customizing your security system, we can reduce or eliminate false alarms your beloved pets
Most pet-triggered alarms are caused by motion detectors. These devices are activated by either movement or body heat. If you have a small cat that wanders about your home, your installer can install pet-sensitive motion detectors that are not triggered by a 10 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. Where you install motion detectors can also reduce or eliminate false alarms caused by pets.
Glass-break detectors are an 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. A Delco Alarm System installer can help you decide if these sensors make sense in your home.
Dogs can also set off a door contact if the door isn’t closed securely or the sensor becomes loose. Check door contacts routinely to make sure they are in good condition. House guests should also be made aware your home has an alarm system. Make sure they know not to open armed doors and windows when your system is activated. While pets can trigger a motion detector alarm, 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 alarms.
Restricting your pet to certain device-free areas of your home is always an option. But pet-friendly devices are often preferable.
False alarms are costly. Many municipalities fine homeowners for false alarms, as they are disrupting to emergency responders and waste valuable resources. 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. Delco Alarm professionals can customize your system to fit the needs of your family,
which includes your pets.