Don’t be alarmed – keep yourself secure in 2016
When’s the last time you tested your alarm system? Some time over the past twelve months? Before that? Never?
The New Year is always an excellent time to give your entire alarm and security system a good going over. Here are some tips to make secure you’re being kept safe and secure in 2016.
Test your system
You should really test your alarm system on a very regular basis – once a month is the preferable rate of testing, and quarterly is the very minimum. If you don’t test, then you won’t pick up faults. If you have a monitored alarm system, make sure you contact the monitoring company before you start testing. If you don’t, you may be liable for fines from the company and local law enforcement, and you may find your levels of service downgraded.
Test everything – the alarm, all door contact sensors, window contact sensors, motion sensors and anything else that’s connected to your system.
Maintain your system
Both all your batteries and the alarm control system itself need to be maintained and updated at regular intervals. Any dead batteries need to be replaced as soon as they fail. Even if you have a wired system, your control panel with have back-up battery power so that the system is still useable if the power is cut.
Perform a test to make sure your wired system still functions when it is disconnected from the mains.
If you have a wireless system then of course virtually all of your sensors are going to be battery powered. Check each of your sensors in turn and replace any leaking or discoloured batteries immediately.
If you have a wired system, then check the condition of your wiring, look for breaks or anywhere where the wire covering is starting to look worn.
Using your system
If you have an alarm system installed, then make sure you use it, and that you use it properly. The visible appearance of an alarm acts as a deterrent, but a working alarm system works even better. Make sure your alarm is programmed correctly, and that all entry points are monitored. Make sure motion sensors point to the most likely areas in your home where a burglar may achieve entry – especially at windows with large enough apertures to climb through.
Get to know your system, and makes sure other people in your home or business premises know how to use your system when you are not available. The number one cause of false alarms is via user error. Use your system as it is supposed to be used, and on a daily and nightly basis. The more familiar you are with your system, the less likely you are to trigger a potentially costly false alarm.
If you’re unsure about how to thoroughly test and maintain your alarm, then contact an alarms specialist company such as DNA Security to help on . Whichever method you choose, make sure your alarm system is in tip-top working condition and will keep you safe throughout 2016.