Rimbey RCMP say they are experiencing a significant increase in false alarm occurrences recently. They are asking citizens that have an alarm system to take the time to ensure that the alarm company has up to date contact information for all key holders.
Some additional tips to prevent alarm
1. Use pet-immune motion sensors
Active pets are frequent causes of false alarms. Luckily, there are special motion sensors with sensitivity settings that allow the alarm to ignore movement from pets. By installing pet-immune sensors, you can stop worrying about false alarms and let your furry friends roam freely through the house.
2. Practice entering your code
Another very common cause of false alarms is homeowners entering the wrong code to deactivate the alarm. Make sure everyone who needs to be able to deactivate the alarm knows the code well enough to enter it before the alarm triggers.
3. Keep the batteries fresh
Change the batteries in your home security equipment regularly. Low batteries can lead to false alarms. Typically, the equipment will notify you that the batteries are running low, but it’s not a bad idea to consult with your monitoring company to see if it recommends regular battery tests.
4. Keep the area around motion sensors clear
It’s not just pets that can trigger motion detectors—stray objects like balls rolling past sensors can also set the alarm off. Balloons are notorious for causing false alarms when they float by. Keep the area free of clutter and tie down anything that could be blown around by the air conditioner.
5. Close windows and doors securely
It’s easy to leave the window open just enough to trigger the alarm. Get in the habit of closing all doors and windows tightly. This is a good tip to follow regardless of false alarms—you don’t want to give a potential intruder any help getting into your home.
6. Keep your home security equipment in good shape
Although most false alarms can be blamed on human error, faulty equipment can also trigger an alert. If any of your home security gear requires regular maintenance, make sure you keep up with it. And if you think there is a defect in any of the components, get it taken care of right away. This could mean contacting the company for warranty support or calling your home security provider to have a tech come out and look at it. Either way, don’t wait.
Overall, one of the best ways to avoid accidentally triggering an alarm is to be familiar with all your system’s components.
Rimbey RCMP has responded to 65 calls for service over the last two weeks. Files include seven suspicious activity reports, six theft related occurrences, three mischief files, one assault investigation, four mental health related occurrences, and six false alarm occurrences.
If you have information on any crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.