Testing your home security system is something that you should do at least once a month. It isn’t a common occurrence, but there have been cases where people have been burglarized even when their homes are protected with multiple security features, simply because they let their batteries die or their phone line is no longer active. If you don’t test your alarm system, you put yourself at risk not be protected by a monitored system anymore.

Testing your alarm system doesn’t take very long and it can save you from becoming victimized. It’s impossible to predict when a criminal will break into your home, but typically criminals will watch their victims for weeks or months before ever making a move. If they notice you testing your security system, they will more than likely leave your home alone.

Why Security Systems Fail

  • Dead batteries or Power Surge
  • Sensor Failure
  • Phone Line Failure
  • Change in Phone Service
  • Failure to Reconnect Components Properly

Before Testing your Alarm System

It’s important that you contact your monitoring station before running any tests on your alarm system so that the authorities aren’t dispatched to your home. You will need to provide a password or account number to your provider once you get in contact with them.

Your alarm company will test your security system for you on the day of installation. While doing so, ask if they can show you how to properly do it to ensure you’ll have the ability going forward.

Testing your Alarm System

After you have contacted your monitoring station, provided your passcode and asked them to put your system on test, make sure that all of the doors and windows in your home are closed securely. As if you were leaving your home, arm your system and wait for the exit delay to expire. Once you have done this, go around your home and open each door and window with a sensor attached to it. Your alarm will sound and signals will be transmitted to the monitoring station.

After you wait about five seconds, close your window or door and move onto the next one. Disarm your system after you have checked each sensor and then contact your monitoring station again to let them know you have finished testing the system. After the test, ask your alarm company if all of your sensors are working properly!

They will be able to tell you which sensors were activated during the test. If there were any problems, call your alarm company service line to resolve any issues. If you haven’t checked your alarm system in over 30 days, it is highly recommended that you test it as soon as possible to keep your home, yourself, and your family safe!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.