The term “false alarm” is thrown around conversationally in a bunch of different scenarios. It’s become part of our lexicon and is typically used to describe something unpleasant that was expected – but didn’t occur. But for businesses, false alarms remain a pretty big deal. Not only do they cost businesses hundreds if not thousands of dollars in wasted resources, but they can also distract police and other first responders away from legitimate emergencies.
In short, false alarms are bad. And if you’re having them – it is time to update your business alarm system.
Here are four signs to be on the lookout for:
- Your equipment is outdated. Normal wear and tear on alarm systems can result in accidental triggering. Regular systems maintenance, including routine battery replacement, is essential, as are annual checkups by your security vendor. Of course, it is prudent to review the install dates for your alarm systems, as well as all security measures. If your business has been making do with obsolete hardware and software, chances are good that you are inviting problems and breaches. If equipment is more than 10 years old, it is high time to update your business alarm system.
- Your alarm system cannot be accessed remotely. Hard-wired alarm systems that cannot be accessed or managed via remote are no longer ideal. Instead, opt for smart systems that can be armed or disarmed remotely from virtually anywhere in the world with just an Internet connection and a few clicks and swipes of a smartphone. Receive automatic notifications if doors are unlocked, as well as data for who last had access, and make adjustments or authorizations on the fly.
- You are welcoming new employees: Human error is, by far, one of the largest potential kinks in any security chain. If you are onboarding new employees, make certain they are instructed in the basic protocols surrounding your company’s security measures. All hires should have a basic understanding of their authorizations, arming and disarming operations (for those first to arrive and leave), and the steps to take if an alarm is accidentally triggered.
- You’ve experienced at least one false alarm: False alarms used to be a common aggravation, but integrated security systems have boosted efficiencies and all but eliminated their prevalence in businesses worldwide. Even one sleepless night after being rousted out of bed for an error is simply too much. User intuitive interfaces and continuous monitoring are on your side, and a reputable security vendor can help you mitigate mistakes and make your workplace more secure from here on out.
When you update your business alarm system, you help to reduce unwanted police dispatches, which not only saves you time and stress – but more importantly allows authorities to focus on actual criminal activity.