False alarms at commercial properties are a huge problem for Atlanta businesses. In fact, false alarms accounted for 95% of the 65,000 alarm system calls that police received in 2012 (for both residential and commercial properties.)
The statistics aren’t that much better in 2019, despite the city cracking down hard on homeowners and business owners that are repeat offenders of false alarms. Today, every business in Atlanta is required to register their alarm system and pay fines as high as $500 per false alarm.
While the blame has shifted between human failings and technological limitations, the truth is that both have a role to play in causing false alarms on commercial properties.
So what are the top five causes of false alarms for businesses in the United States and Atlanta in general?
This article will review each of the five most common causes of false alarms, then provide solutions on how to prevent those false alarms from happening to your business.
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Human error accounts for the vast majority of false alarms on business properties across the U.S. That’s the bad news. The good news is these issues are quickly solved with proper training and ongoing education.
Companies which implement the following procedures are much less susceptible to false alarms due to human error:
Within the first few weeks of employment, an employee should feel comfortable with the basic operations of the property’s commercial security system. It’s up to the company to define what “basic operations” means. But for most companies, employees should have a general awareness of:
Regular maintenance is an important step to preventing false alarms. While it’s always valuable to have your system checked once a year by a professional security company, other steps can be taken by the property owner to ensure no false alarms occur.
One example is refreshing your alarm sensor’s batteries regularly. Sensors sometimes malfunction when the batteries are nearly dead. So making this a scheduled task around the office could spare the property another false security alarm.
3. Make ongoing security system training a priority
Most companies offer some kind of security training when an employee is onboarding. But it’s rare for companies to continue that education and training afterward.
At the very least, a company should keep employees informed of…
Teaching employees how to use a security system is the single most important step a company can take toward reducing false alarms.
But sometimes human error isn’t at fault. Sometimes the sensors themselves can lead to false alarms on a business property. Which brings us to cause #2...
Sensor placement is a leading cause of false alarms on commercial properties. Some of the most common mistakes related to sensor placement include:
So what’s the solution to poor sensor placement? Almost always, it’s to hire a professional to locate the troublesome sensor and reinstall it in a location where it’s less likely to trigger the alarm.
Older equipment tends to cause more false alarms than newer equipment. This happens for two reasons:
Modern sensors are better at identifying real threats from false threats. For example:
Newer commercial security equipment comes with a number of features and fail-safes for preventing false alarms:
Following the steps listed in this article can dramatically reduce the chances that your business will lose work hours or be fined by the city of Atlanta for a false alarm. But if you don’t have time to run through the list yourself, the professionals at Ackerman can manage these tasks for you.
Protect your business from false alarms in 2020 and beyond. Call our team at 866.343.1234 or schedule a consultation online today.