- Does a alarm system really reduce my chance of being burglarized?
Yes! Studies have shown that homes with alarm systems in them are 3 to 4 times less likely of being burglarized. Burglars look for places without home alarm systems because it's easier and they have less chance of being caught.
- Why should I test my home alarm system regularly?
You should test your alarm system at least once a month, preferably once a week. This ensures that everything is working properly in case of an actual emergency. The biggest concern is the phone lines that the alarm system is hooked to. Testing will confirm that your home alarm system has a strong connection to the phones and that the phone lines are working properly. If there ever is a problem that occurs during a test you then can get it fixed before is becomes a serious home alarm issue.
- Can I still have pets in the house and use my alarm system?
Yes, but with certain restrictions! Animals and motion sensors and/or under carpet mats do not mix.
Most people that have pets must take extra care when "arming" their alarm systems!
You must make sure that all pets are relegated to a portion of the premises that has no burglary protection.
Or, you could have the motion sensors and/or under carpet mats "by-passed" out of the alarm system in the areas where the pets roam freely before it is "armed." Or, your security dealer can design a "Pet Alley" into your system, which provides certain "clearance levels" in which the pet can move about within the motion device's protection area.