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Whereas they discourage intruders from breaking into your home, something or someone may trip your security system and put out a false alarm. Nonetheless, you can arm yourself with several false alarm reduction tips to shield yourself from mistaken security system alerts.

Educate your inner circle and keep alarm companies informed

It’s imperative for the people you live with to know how your access control and alarm systems function. Let them know when they need to use their cards on a door, what time you lock various areas of a building and how long doors can be propped open before alarms sound.

If you have managed access control at your building, make sure that you notify your access control company about any alterations that could possibly lead to false alarms. Turnover of employees and changes in schedules could result in recurrent false alarms.

Locate motion detector triggers

If your alarm system comprises of motion detectors, you are likely to set off a false alarm. Keep an eye on items that can move such as decorations, fans, curtains, blinds, and plants. Try to keep these items out of the view of your motion detectors because they can easily set off a false alarm.

Use video verification

At times, door alarms pop up and you just cannot figure out why. You can use video on your main entry points in order to visually authenticate the cause of any alarm. With a camera fixated on a door, you will be able to tell if you are getting alarms due to improper credential usage, air pressure, door props or something else.

Install Sounders on doors

Most alarm installation companies recommend that you provide your doors with Sounders in order to decrease the number of alarms from propped open doors. A sounder will honk before your system reads an open door as an alarm.

For example, if your door is programmed to cause an alarm after you open it for a minute, the sounder will start to beep at forty-five seconds. This way, you will have time to shut the door and avert the false alarm.

Reduce miscommunication between physical locks and electronic access control

The main cause of false alarms within access control systems arises from the use of physical door locks and keys on a door with electronic card readers. If you have an access control system with card readers, any door opened without the use of a credentialed card will set off an alarm.

For this reason, you should do away with all normal key locks from doors with a reader, or keep the use of these conventional locks to a minimum. Access control systems perceive any door opened without proper authorizations as a breach thus setting off an alarm.

Time and again, staff, such as cleaners, are used to using their own keys to open doors causing problems in buildings with electronic access control. Even when a physical key is able to unlock or lock a door, your access control system will recognize the door as being forced open if you do not present a card to the reader.


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