The biggest selling point of burglar alarm systems is that they keep your family and home safe. But there are instances when the alarm systems fail, leaving you with a bitter taste in your mouth. But don’t let that put you off alarm systems forever. Let’s take a look at the reasons things go wrong with them.
Reasons for Burglar Alarm System Failure
The number one reason is human error. Believe it or not, in most cases where the alarm fails to go off, it wasn’t turned on in the first place. Many people forget that they need to turn the alarm on for it to do its job, that an alarm will not turn itself on automatically. The way to avoid this is to make it someone’s responsibility to ensure that the alarm is on when it needs to be.
The next reason is inefficient installation. Some alarms are quite simple to install or maybe just decided to install it yourself so you didn’t have to pay extra. Maybe you didn’t read the manual or perhaps you missed a vital step in the installation process which prevented the alarm from working as it should have. Also, in trying to cut down costs, you may have gone for a low-quality burglar alarm system.
Another issue that arises from not reading the manual is ignorance of system maintenance. For example, maybe a particular kind of alarm needs a battery change every two years. Don’t skip maintenance check-ups from the security company. The official product manual is an invaluable tool that will help you understand the full potential of your system.
One of the most common reasons a burglar system does not work is because the security plan is badly mapped out. For example, not accounting for the first floor window in your initial survey of your home. Consulting a security expert on this one is your best bet. Security professionals will be able to tell you the areas of your home which are susceptible to a break-in. Their training, experience and knowledge of the security tools available with their company or in the market in general will enable them to suggest the best possible security plan for your home. Most security companies will send over a consultant to do a free analysis and give you a quotation. Skipping this step can lead to some bad decisions in finally choosing your alarm system.
And finally, let’s not rule out simple malfunction. At the end of the day, an alarm system is just a fancy machine which can simply stop working for no feasible reason.
However, it mostly boils down to insufficient research. If you start understanding how burglar alarms work, doing an in-depth study into the different options available to you, getting an expert to look at your own home security set-up and taking his advice, and shelling out a little extra to have a trained professional set up the system for you, then there is no reason whatsoever that your system will not do its job and protect your family from danger.