01st Jun 2005

Alarm Problems

Sometimes, alarms do go wrong. We now offer some tips and advice on what to do in these situations.

Home Alarm Problems

False alarms aren’t just the domain of car security. They can happen with home solutions, too, causing panic and inconvenience. For window or door security switches, sometimes corrosion, faulty wiring or damage to the sensors can cause these alarms to activate when in fact there is no danger. Simply replacing the sensors or having an expert fix them will remedy the situation.

Also, if you pay for a monitoring system and find a wealth of hidden costs, or unsatisfactory service, you may feel ‘locked in’ as most home monitoring contracts last for a year or more. If you feel hard done by, contact your local housing ombudsman. To avoid this problem, it’s worth looking for a NACOSS or SSAIB approved dealer or manufacturer, as they are carefully screened to ensure that such occurrences with their companies are very rare.

Vehicle Alarm Problems

If your battery runs out, your vehicle alarm may falter. This is why it’s important to ensure that your power supply is suitable for the job. If your car is going to be out of use for a week or more, it’s worth checking your battery’s power capacity compared to the draining of power caused by the alarm system. It may be worth fitting a second power supply if your car will need to be dormant and alarmed for long periods of time.

Also, if you find your car alarm going off all the time due to false alarms, either alter the sensitivity settings yourself, or contact a professional who will advise you on the best way to go about doing this.

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