3 Ways to Keep Your Pet from Setting Off Your Alarm

11 August 2016
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There is nothing like getting a brand-new alarm system and then discovering that your cat or dog's movement sets off the alarm. If you have motion detectors as part of your new alarm system, then your alarm system can accidentally be set off by your pets. How can you keep that from happening?

Keep Pets Confined

One thing you can do is make sure that your pets are confined to one room while you are gone. That may include locking them in a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen, either by shutting the door or putting up a gate. You can also put a dog into a crate for the day. That will keep your dog happy and safe and keep your alarm from going off. If you decide to keep them confined to one room while you are gone, you may ask the alarm company to set up something for that room so that the alarm doesn't get triggered as easily. 

Reset the Motion Detectors

Another option is to have the motion detectors set so that they don't aim at the floor. The motion detectors are generally set so that they aim low so that they read any movement on the floor as well as higher up. The motion sensors can be set so that they are too high for your pet but low enough that any human will still get sensed. Do not try to adjust the sensors on your own; ask for a technician to adjust the sensors. If you try to do the job yourself, you may end up messing up the coverage in the room and leaving blind spots. The alarm-company's technician will be able to make sure that there is still enough coverage in the room to keep your house safe while still making sure the alarm won't go off for no reason. 

Get Pet-Immune Motion Detectors

These sensors are designed so that they won't go off until they read they read a moving object over a certain weight. That weight can be set for the weight of your pet.

You want to keep your home and family safe, and your alarm system can help you do that. However, it's not going to be as useful as it can be if you don't turn the alarm on because your pet keeps setting it off. 

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