One might ask, “What is a false alarm?” Per city ordinance, a false alarm is defined as an “activation or transmission of any alarm signal caused by human error, mechanical or electronic malfunction, negligence of the alarm user or alarm user’s employee, whether or not the exact cause of the alarm activation is determined, or any other activation or transmission of any alarm signal where no actual or attempted burglary or robbery exists.”
When responding to alarm activations, officers conduct a throughout check of the premises to search for evidence of a break-in or attempted break-in. When there is no evidence to support a break-in, the alarm activation is deemed false.
Causes of False Alarms
Do Thunderstorms and Power Outages cause False Alarms?
This is the source of confusion for many alarm users and the answer is no! Thunderstorms and power outages should not cause false alarms. All alarm systems should have a back-up battery that powers the alarm system for a minimum of four hours. However, a weak battery can trigger alarm activations. To prevent this, your battery should be checked annually, or whenever there is a power outage. For further information, contact your alarm company.
Tips to Decrease False Alarms
As an educated alarm user, you can avoid costly false alarm activations. The following are some tips to assist you with this quest: