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pro­tect­ed with mul­ti­ple secu­ri­ty fea­tures, sim­ply because they let their bat­ter­ies die or their phone line is no longer active.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.