Are you having problems with your alarm system? False alarms? Incessant beeping? Or did your alarm system recently fail to catch a burglar? The first step in fixing an alarm system issue is to identify the root cause of the problem.
In this article, we address some of the common security alarm problems people experience with electronic security alarm systems and highlight a few of the triggers that might be instigating these problems.
11 Problems with Intruder Alarm Systems
The #1 Problem! – Not Using the System You Already Have: If you have an alarm system, teach your family to arm the system when you leave the house and when you go to sleep. A family member is home during 28% of all burglaries, so be sure to turn on your alarm system at night when you go to sleep
No Monitoring: Many of the DIY systems on the market today don’t come with or require a monitoring package. Instead, an alert is sent to the user’s phone, email, etc. The problem with this approach is that no one can be available 24/7, and customers could wind up in a situation where 3rd party monitoring is needed.
No Backup Monitoring: Many alarm systems are set up to rely on a single means of communication with the monitoring station. What happens if that system goes down? Not having a backup leaves your system more vulnerable and susceptible to a cut phone line, cell phone jammer, or other communication disruption.
Lost Power Supply: If your alarm system doesn’t have backup batteries, the system won’t function during a power failure. Even systems with a backup power supply are usually only designed to function for about 48 hours, so be aware of this risk and plan accordingly.
Battery Failure: Batteries have to be replaced from time to time. Alarm system batteries that get run down completely during a power outage sometimes lose their ability to hold a charge. If you lose power for more than 48 hours, ask your alarm provider to come by and test all your batteries.
Connection Problems: Whether it’s wiring issues or communicating with the monitoring station, occasionally an alarm system can have connection problems. It could be that a line was chewed through by a rodent, or a line outside got mistakenly cut. Either way, this requires the assistance of a professional to identify and fix the problem.
Changes to a Building: If you add an addition to your home, don’t forget to update your security system. Extra windows and doors call for extra sensors and detectors. Failing to do so will leave your home vulnerable.
Equipment Compatibility: Putting together a security system piece by piece, can leave you with equipment that doesn’t function as a single unit. Right from the start, every piece of equipment should integrate.
Incorrect Programming or Installation: Sometimes there are problems with how an alarm system was installed or programmed. Technicians and installers are people, and people sometimes make mistakes. A thorough inspection by an alarm professional can usually resolve problems with security systems.
Insufficient Number of Detectors: One glass break detector in your living room may not be able to detect someone breaking into a basement window. It’s important to purchase a system that’s based on your specific home and has enough sensors to provide adequate protection
Improperly Maintained Equipment: Just like with an HVAC, any appliance, or any piece of electronic equipment you own, time can take its toll. All alarm equipment ages and eventually has to be replaced. Fortunately, electronic security equipment is designed to last for many decades before needing to be replaced.
Does Your Alarm System Need an Inspection?
If you’re having trouble with your intruder alarm system, reference this useful chart from Shield Security for some additional information or you might want to consider reaching out to a professional security company for a thorough inspection and test of your system.
Contact Richmond Alarm Companyto learn more about residential alarm system problems or to schedule an inspection of your home or business.