What is a false alarm?
A notification of an alarm to the police department when the responding officers find no evidence of
- Are a nuisance to you and your neighbors
- Make your security system less reliable
- Make you reluctant to use your system
When a police officer responds to an alarm activation, and after investigation finds no evidence of criminal activity, the officer will designate the alarm signal as a false alarm.
How big is the problem?
Each year the Westport Police Department responds to thousands of alarm calls. 99% of all alarm calls turn out to be false alarms.
This amounts to nearly 15% of all calls for service. This is roughly equivalent to having 3 police officers responding to only false alarm calls exclusively for a year.
False alarms are costly and dangerous. They can divert police officers from proactive patrol, crime
What are some of the major causes of false alarms?
- Mistakes by property owners (i.e., incorrect codes, unfamiliarity with the system)
- Door(s) not closed properly
- Kids, neighbors, relatives, visitors, repair workers
- Cleaning crews
- Equipment malfunctions
How can I prevent false alarms?
- Know and understand how your system works
- Keep motion detectors clear
- Check your alarm system batteries and schedule replacement on a regular basis
- Make sure doors and windows are shut before you turn your system on