EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Security systems are great tools to help keep people safe, but they can be costly when a system is triggered without an emergency. In recent years, false alarms account for approximately 98% of all alarm calls say the East Brunswick Police. These false alarms divert law enforcement resources from crimes in progress, other emergency situations, and assigned patrols.
False alarms happen for a variety of reasons, but most are caused by human error. In fact, the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) reports that more than 80% of false alarms are caused by mistakes that could easily be prevented.
As a reminder, East Brunswick residents and businesses must register their alarm systems by May 31, 2018 via the online CryWolf Administration Site found at www.EBPD.net.
The EBPD has listed the following top six causes of fire alarms:
1. Improper Arming and Disarming - Users make mistakes when entering the passcode or take too long to enter a complete passcode
2. Not Properly Training Authorized Users - this includes a cleaning crew, a baby-sitter or a repairperson who enters the passcode incorrectly or is not aware of the location of sensors
3. Power Problems - This includes weak batteries or power outages that may occur in a home or neighborhood. It is important to have a battery backup so that a power outage does not trigger a false alarm. The backup is especially important during any emergency situation when first responders are already at work.
4. Pets - Pets wandering around the house and coming across a sensor can set off a false alarm.
5. Failing to secure windows and doors properly - When windows or doors are left open or are in poor repair, even wind and rain can set off an alarm.
6. Objects Moving near Sensors - Balloons, curtains, plants can be blown around and set off the the alarm.