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What to do to cut down on false alarms in San Francisco

June 17, 2022

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False alarms can be a real issue for your home’s security. They not only lower the faith you have in your installation, but they may be a burden on your time and pocketbook. Thankfully, you are able to do some things to lessen the frequency of false alarms from your San Francisco home security system.

First, make sure that all components are connected as intended. This might sound like common sense, but it frequently happens that basic miscues trigger false alarms. Secondly, keep an eye on likely causes of false alarms, including windows and doors that may be kept open by accident. And of course, you should try to incorporate the many features like home automation and scheduling to cut down on false alarms in San Francisco.

Could it be really that easy? Keep reading to find out.

Can you stop false alarms in San Francisco?

Like diagnosing any concern, the best course of action is to reference the owner’s instruction booklet. Make sure all alarms and sensors are connected correctly from your end by:

  • Running a diagnostic via your smart hub.
  • Physically check each component to make sure it didn't become dislodged or need a new battery.
  • Inspect your schedules and presets to be certain that your home’s security isn’t engaging at inopportune times.
  • Be certain that all new smart implements are configured properly and aren't conflicting with your home’s alarm.

Contact your service agent if you continue to have trouble cutting down false alarms in your San Francisco security system. They'll be pleased to schedule a tech to examine your equipment.

Inspect your doors and windows

If your installation appears to be installed properly, the subsequent step is to do an investigation of the house. Are all your entries closed tightly, or do you find some mistakenly ajar? If an entry point remains unsecured, it could activate an activated sensor. In the event your household routinely fails to secure an entry point, you might want to implement a smart lock that secures automatically when your home security is engaged. Sadly, windows take additional physical effort, especially if you have a loved one who prefers to rest with an open window. Fortunately, your Vivint installation makes it a breeze to disengage that sensor while still guarding the remainder of the residence.

Automation is a smart method to cut down on false alarms in San Francisco

One of the most effective ways to minimize the probability of false alarms is to incorporate home automation into your home security system. By using your security app, have the ability to:

  • Set a schedule to disengage the alarm when you are home and prevent false alarms caused by accidentally unlatching an entry point. You can then program the alarm to automatically set again that evening when you’re asleep.
  • Set your home security to deactivate when your smart lock is activated with the correct PIN.
  • Utilize geotracking to turn on your alarm if you leave the driveway, then turn off when you come back to the house.
  • Get cell phone notifications when your devices notice uncommon movements or have need of a battery change.
  • Connect your equipment to a smart home speaker, so you are able to disarm and arm your system without the cell phone app or central interface.

Cut down on false alarms in San Francisco by switching to a Vivint smart home system

Increased control over your property’s security means less chance of false alarms. To build your Vivint security package, call (415) 969-9484 or submit the form on this page.