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A false dispatch occurs when an alarm system is set off, police or guards are dispatched but there is no intruder or emergency situation. User error accounts for 3 out of 4 false dispatches.

Avoid objects that trigger your alarm

·         When leaving, ensure that all doors and windows are closed and locked.

·         Correct drafts that may move plants and curtains, both of which can cause an alarm.

·         Ensure the keypad is easily accessible from the exit/entry point.

Make your security system efficient and easy to use

·         Replace the back-up battery every three to five years.

·         Test your alarm system monthly.

·         Request a service call after any unexplained alarms.

·         Request annual maintenance checks by the alarm company.

·         Ensure you understand your system thoroughly.  Ask questions. 

·         Try using your system before the technician leaves.

Alarm Users (Key Holders)

·         Ensure that all key holders and guests are trained in the proper use of the system.

·         Instruct service people how to correctly operate your system.

·         Never provide a key to someone who is not familiar with the system.

·         Update your contact information when cell and work numbers change.

·         Make arming your alarm system a habit.

Additional Safety Measures

·         Have well-lit entrances and low shrubbery.

·         Lock your ladders away so that they cannot be used by intruders.

·         Review your property periodically to check for potential access points for burglars.

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