The installation of a business security system protects your company's merchandise, equipment, and real estate assets.
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More importantly, buying a small business security system gives you peace of mind and the knowledge that your property is safe even when you can't be there.
But a business security system can also introduce a new element of stress into your life: false alarms.
Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent false alarms from happening. But more often than not, false alarms are easily avoidable, regardless of the complexity of your business security system.
Along those lines, here are four tips to minimize false alarms from your business security system.
#1 Know how to arm and disarm your system
According to the experts, 70% of false alarms are attributed to user error. As the business owner it is your responsibility to understand the proper use of your security system and to train a few trustworthy employees in security system procedures. Some systems provide customized alarm codes, so when a problem occurs you'll know who is to blame.
#2 Conduct regular testing
Modern business security systems have minimal maintenance requirements. But like any other piece of technology in your business, they can occasionally suffer from malfunctions. During the installation process, your security system provider should talk to you about testing frequency and protocols. But it's up to you to incorporate a regular testing schedule into your company's monthly or quarterly routines.
#3 Pay attention to displays and hanging signs
Your business security system will probably feature one or more motion detectors. The advantage of motion detectors is that they are constantly ready to sound the alarm at the first sign of movement – including the movement of nearby displays or hanging signs. Expect more than your fair share of false alarms if displays and signs are placed near air vents or exhaust fans.
#4 Monitor for damages
Damaged entry points like doors or windows can also trigger false alarms, especially if the damages affect magnetic contacts or other security features. People will sometimes even create damage to attempt an end run around your security system. If the condition of an entry point or security feature looks questionable, address it immediately and talk to your security system provider for suggestions about how to prevent it from happening in the future.