A burglar alarm goes off when an intruder enters your home. Depending on the features you chose, it could go off when a door opens, when a window opens, or when a window shatters. The alarm going off usually means something has gone wrong, but it doesn’t always mean you have a burglar in your home and your family is in immediate danger. So stay calm and work through the following steps one by one.
Step 1: Assess Your Situation
Sometimes the burglar alarm goes off because of a false positive. Maybe you forgot that your system includes in-home motion detectors and you got out of bed to go to the kitchen without disarming them. Maybe you forgot your passcode or mistyped it when you came back home after a night out. You’ll usually get a call from your security company to verify the situation and you can straighten it out then. Also, these false alarms are less common today thanks to smartphone apps that let you control your security system remotely.
However, there are other times when you don’t know what set off the alarm. It could still be a false positive like a pet bumping into a window, a neighbor’s ball smashing your window, or a child who doesn’t know how to disable the security system. But it could also be a serious threat like an intruder. The best thing to do in these situations is to assume it’s the worst-case scenario until you find out otherwise.
Step 2: Follow Your Emergency Plan
The point of having a burglar alarm is to know when there’s an emergency. However, that warning can only help if you have a plan that lays out what you should do when the alarm goes off. For instance, if your fire alarm goes off you need to make sure everyone’s awake and out of the home. If your burglar alarm goes off instead, you should make sure you contact the local authorities and evacuate to a safe place if someone’s at home. Luckily, most burglars strike when there’s no one at home.
Step 3: Stay In Touch With Police
Whether you and your family are at home, out in the town, or off on vacation, you should keep in touch with police. The police will tell you when it’s safe to return to your home, and they can find out whether you had a false alarm or a real break-in. If a crime occurred, you’ll need to make statements for police reports and say what you were up to, what was stolen, what your home looked like when you left, and other important details.
It’s easy to panic when you hear your burglar alarm go off or you receive an alert on your phone, but it’s important to stay calm and in control. Of course, you’ll need a good burglar alarm if you don’t want to be surprised by a break-in after the fact, then that’s where Security Integration comes in. Our company offers alarms and all kinds of other security solutions so contact us today to find out what we can offer you.