Testing Your Alarm System


Recently we have had several of our clients both residential and commercial fall victim to a Break and Enter. In each of these instances the alarm system was set off and where back to base monitoring was connected, the Control Room alerted and contacts notified accordingly.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics state that in the last 24 months to March 2014 Break and Enter in NSW has had a downward trend of between 10% and 14%. This is great news due to the number of people taking precautions in securing their homes and businesses. However, what the statistics do not tell you is that thieves are becoming bolder and willing to set the alarm off so they can get to it in time to stop it from sounding and alerting passersby. A huge benefit of having Back to Base Monitoring!

The valuable message we want to get across to our customers is the importance of testing your alarm system. In each case where a break in occurred the alarm system was completely functional and it did the job it was intended for. We would like to stress to you all that regular testing of your alarm system is important and involves only a small amount of your time to do so.

Here are some quick steps for you to follow to test your alarm system:

  1. First you will require a copy of your zone list. A zone list will tell you how many detectors/reeds that you have installed and their locations. (If you do not have a copy of this, please contact your Control Room and request a copy)
  2. Contact the Control Room. Once you have your copy of your zone list, call the Control Room and advise the operator you wish to put your alarm in “Test Mode”.
  3. Arm your alarm. Once you have armed your alarm system, exit the premises and wait 5 minutes to ensure the exit delay has expired and the system is armed.
  4. Walk through each zone. Enter the armed building and walk past each detector and open each reed zone.
  5. Contact the Control Room. Ask the operator if each zone was triggered.

If you require any assistance in testing your alarm, whether it be time constraints, trouble locating zones or would prefer this be conducted by a technician, do not hesitate to contact your electronic security provider.

** These steps are based on the average alarm panel and should work for most, however some of these steps may differ on certain alarm panels.

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