Informed decisions when purchasing a home or business security system help reduce unwanted alarm activations. Monitoring that is Underwriter Laboratory (UL) certified or has a 5-star Diamond rating from the Central Station Alarm Association (www.csaaintl.org) help demonstrate an effective alarm monitoring program is in place.
Proper licensing is further insurance against nuisance alarm activations. The Electronic Security Association (www.esaweb.org) provides excellent advice in this area.
Finally, installing companies should provide a full explanation on how to operate the system properly. It’s important users understand how to easily arm and disarm the system, without causing any unnecessary alarm activations. Installing technicians should see if the customer has any questions and ensure they are all effectively answered. Installing companies should also follow-up, if necessary, so that customers know exactly how to use the keypad and any other technology in the system.
If these steps are followed, unwanted alarm activation that could cause consumers fines down the road will be minimized. Further help/tips can be found at: http://www.alarm.org.