Do you test your home alarm system?

A number of people pay for 24 hour monitoring of their home security systems in South Africa.

Armed response and monitoring gives you peace of mind and it helps you sleep better at night knowing that if someone tries to break into your home that help is on the way.

Unfortunately many homeowners have a false sense of security. They believe that their alarm system will save them in the event of an intruder or other emergency. But, will it?

Even with the comfort and assurance homeowners believe they’re getting, most of them never test their homes’ alarm system, meaning they’re entrusting their protection to equipment that may or may not even be working correctly.

ZK Secure Solutions therefore strongly recommends the regular testing of your homes security systems.

Alarm System Testing

Before testing your alarm system, phone your security provider and inform them that you will be testing your security system. Next, you need to decide if you are going to perform a complete system test or a partial test to verify that the alarm system is sending signals to the control room.

Complete System Test

In order to thoroughly test a system, you will need to arm up your alarm as if you were leaving your home. Then every detector/sensor should be systematically tested. Windows and doors should be opened, and the motion detectors activated by walking in front of them. The panic buttons and remote panic buttons should also be activated.

Once testing is completed, the system should be reset, and the monitoring company can verify that they received alarm signals for both burglary and panic activation.

Partial System Test

To perform a partial test, you will again arm your alarm system as if you were leaving your home, but instead of activating every detector/sensor, you can only test your outside beams, a door contact/motion detector and panic button.

Once testing is completed, the system must be reset, and the monitoring company can verify that they received alarm signals for both burglary and panic activation.

This partial test verifies that your alarm system is communicating correctly.

How often should you test your alarm system?

We recommend conducting a partial test at least once a month and performing a complete system test at least twice a year.

Not only should you perform routine alarm system testing on the schedule you decide necessary, but also test the system after any type of work has been completed at your home.

For example, work on your phone and ADSL/Fibre lines, renovation projects, and tree removal can all inadvertently effect your home security system.

Professional Alarm System Testing

ZK Secure Solutions understands that proper, routine testing of your home security system can mean the difference between a safer and securer home and one that leaves you at more risk and vulnerable to crime.

We will be happy to help answer any questions that we can regarding security system testing and can also assist in undertaking the maintenance and the testing of your alarm system as per a prearranged schedule in order to give you complete peace of mind. We are on call for you.

Contact us today.