Installing a home security system is essential in order for you to protect your home, family, and valuable possessions. Having a home security system installed affords you the peace of mind you need in order to live without fear for your home’s safety, but did you know that over 90%, according to various reports, of house calls the police make are due to false home security system alarms?

False alarms are not only irritating; they can result in hundreds of dollars’ worth of false alarm fees. False alarms also annoy your neighbors and startle your household pets. Worst yet, reoccurring false alarms may make you hesitant to use your home security system and that’s just what any burglar wants.

Several of the most common causes your home security system can be triggered are as a result of human error, installation error or equipment failure.

There are things you can do to prevent your alarm from going off unnecessarily.

Know Your Password

An overwhelming majority of false alarms are caused by the user entering an incorrect keypad code. If your alarm goes off (accidentally or not), many monitoring companies will call you and request a password so that they can verify you’re the homeowner.  It’s important that you and everyone who has the code knows it and if changes are made, everyone is kept up-to-date.

Make Sure All Your Doors and Windows Are Closed

Because a slightly open window or door can easily trigger a false alarm before you activate your home security system, be sure all windows and doors are shut.

Replace Batteries Regularly

Changing the system batteries on a regular basis can help prevent a false alarm.

Test Your Motion Sensor Placements

Motion sensors can be sensitive. A sensor placed near a ceiling fan, an air conditioning vent, or a fireplace could go off unintentionally. When installing them, test out locations to make sure your normal house functions won’t set them off.  And don’t forget about your pets.  Make sure the motion detectors are installed high enough so that a jumping cat or playful pup won’t set them off when you’re not there.

Purchase a Quality System

As we mentioned earlier, one of the most common errors is equipment failure.  Poorly made, cheap sensors can actually work against you, as they are more likely to be triggered by the slightest of movement.

If you follow some of these tips you can save yourself from some potentially hefty alarm penalty fees.