How To Prevent Your Pet From Triggering Your Security Alarm

February 11th, 2019

Home security systems are there for the protection of your home, the people in it, and the possessions found inside. These systems can also protect your furry (or even scaly) friends. One of the most-asked questions that people have when purchasing a home security system is: Can my pet set off the alarm? 

The answer to this question is yes, sometimes a pet can trigger the alarm system in your Suwanee home. Most alarm systems, however, can be designed to accommodate a household that has pets. With a few extra steps, you can greatly reduce the chances that your pet will trigger your home security system.  

Pay Attention To Your Sensor Placement 

The biggest challenge to Suwanee homeowners who have pets is the placement of the motion sensors. Both motion and image sensors can be triggered by movement or heat. If Fido decides to grab a bite to eat while the sensors are armed, it can cause a false alarm. Configure your system to accommodate this possibility by:

  • Positioning sensors above the waist level so your low-to-the-ground pet can move through the home without tripping a sensor. 
  • Installing weight-accommodating sensors. Many sensors can be set not to trigger if the weight is under a certain threshold. 
  • Working with your vendor at installation to design a system that meets the needs of your pet. 

Take Your Camera Sensitivity Into Account 

For security cameras that alert you whenever there’s movement, adjust the sensitivity for your pet. Lowering the sensitivity can stop your camera from sensing slight movement, but it will still allow the capture of major activity. Also, consider where you’re placing your cameras. Put them at a higher level that can see intruders, but won’t see Fluffy on her way to the kitchen. 

Align With Your Mobile Device 

When you have the ability to monitor your Suwanee home from a mobile device, it becomes easier to verify a false alarm. Consider security equipment that has remote control features available on your phone or tablet. Cameras throughout your home should have live monitoring feeds so you can view when you’re away. This helps you identify false alarms and gives you the ability to disarm your system if your pet does trigger the alarm.  

Take Additional Measures

Take additional steps once your system is installed to ensure that your pet won’t trigger any alarms. If you have a door alarm, be sure doors closed tightly. Some pets have a way of nosing a door all the way open when given a few inches. The same goes for windows; be sure they’re closed tightly before you activate the alarm system. The tighter your doors and windows are closed, the less likely an alarm can be triggered. 

With a little bit of extra care, you should have no problems having a pet and a security system at the same time. Having a pet is like having an additional family member. Keep them protected and safe by finding a system that accommodates your needs.