What is a false alarm?

A false alarm, also called a nuisance alarm, is the fake report of an emergency, causing unnecessary panic and/or bringing resources (such as emergency services) to a place where they are not needed. Over time, repeated false alarms in a certain area may cause occupants to start to ignore all alarms, knowing that each time it will probably be false.

Prevent false alarms

To prevent false alarms, the first step is to diagnose the cause. Here are some common causes of false alarms:

  • User Errors such as:
    • Entering the incorrect security code
    • Accidently pressing emergency buttons (such as the panic button)
    • Arming system in the wrong mode (such as armming system in AWAY mode but staying in the house, which will trigger the motion sensor)
  • Natural Causes such as:
    • Insects, pets or other animals
    • Flying objects such as floating balloons
    • Strong light reflection from mirror
    • Strong wind moving a Door/window
  • A Defective Device:
    • Motion Sensor is too sensitive
    • Deteriorated wiring
    • Loose door/window contact