An estimated 32 million security alarm systems have been installed in the United States, and most of these are monitored. The industry adds roughly 3 million new systems each year. Sixty percent of those are in residences, the rest in commercial and institutional properties.
The vast majority of alarm calls — between 94 and 98 percent (higher in some jurisdictions) — are false. In other words, alarms’ reliability, which can be measured by these rates of false activations, is generally between 2 and 6 percent. Nationwide, false alarms account for somewhere between 10 and 25 percent of all calls to police. For many U.S. police agencies, false burglar alarms constitute the highest volume type of call for service. In the United States alone, “solving the problem of false alarms would, by itself, relieve 35,000 officers from providing an essentially private service.”
Recent research suggests that false alarms result from the following:
As a alarm system owner, your role is the most crucial in managing the problem of false alarms. Here are a few suggestion of how to reduce false alarms:
You should also talk to a professional alarm monitoring and installation company and have an expert explain the dozens of recent advance in monitoring equipment. False alarms are expensive to you and to your local police department, but through proper education and equipment you can dramatically reduce false alarms and increase your home’s security.