Every business premises needs an intruder alarm and it is often required by an insurance company before they will provide cover. Most businesses are empty overnight and on days they are closed, this presents the perfect opportunity for a break in. Premises located on industrial estates can be even more vulnerable due to the absence of residential or other types of occupation nearby which provide a deterrent. An alarm, therefore, is vital to deter thieves and to scare them off if they try to break in.
If you are a business owner or a key holder for the premises, the chances are you will be sent an alert every time the alarm system is triggered and this is great when the alarm goes off as the result of an attempted break in, not so much if your system is triggered falsely in the middle of the night, waking you up. Of course, you would rather be safe than sorry, and there are some things you can do to help avoid some of these false alarms.
Human error is responsible for many false alarms, usually forgetting to secure a window or rarely used door. Regular training and refresher sessions for staff can address the majority of these issues, and it is vital that all employees who might need to set or disarm the alarm are able to do so, and that they know what to do should the alarm be triggered. If there are certain areas with a higher level of security this should be made clear, and a process initiated for access to these areas when needed.
Technology can also be responsible for false alarms, so regular servicing and maintenance is vital to ensure the system is working correctly. It is also worth checking all doors and windows for faults, as a loose window or a door that doesn’t quite close properly can trigger the alarm in error. The batteries should be replaced regularly; this can also fall under the category of human error – it’s easy to overlook that task in a busy period but it should be prioritised and designated to a particular employee who can take ownership of that task.
The location of your sensors can also cause false alarms. When P&R Alarms conduct a site visit we ensure that sensors aren’t placed near ventilation system outflows, curtains or blinds, as these things are prone to triggering false alarms. If your system was installed by another company it’s worth having the sensor placement audited by an NSI Gold Standard supplier, like us. We’re very experienced in installing and maintaining systems at a wide range of premises and that on-the-job knowledge is priceless.
A system that is old and out-dated can also cause alarm issues, either with false alarms or worse, not setting the system off when it should. It can be a costly exercise to upgrade an entire system, but we’re well versed in working with existing systems that just need a little tweak rather than a full overhaul. Whether you want to splash out on a whole new system depends on how much you value the security of your business premises and whether you could afford to replace items and repair premises in the event of a break in.
Modern systems are much better at preventing false alarms than older ones because technology is always improving, so it makes sense to keep up with the newest technology. Most new systems alert a nominated person by text when the system is triggered, with the ability to turn off the alarm remotely if you are certain it is an error. Using a CCTV system with a live feed can quickly show you whether there is a burglar inside or not, and you can stay safely at home in bed.
If it’s time for an upgrade, or you just want to be sure your system is working correctly call us today and we’ll make sure you sleep soundly at night without the threat of a false alarm.