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3 Ways to Keep Pets From Triggering Your Home Security System June 22, 2018

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3 Ways to Keep Pets From Triggering Your Home Security System, Sharonville, Ohio

Security systems help keep your home safe from intruders, but they’re not infallible. In fact, many homeowners experience occasional false alarms from their home security system. Luckily, the fault is not often with the system itself, but rather the activity inside the house— with pets being the the most common culprits. Adopt these strategies to prevent furry family members from triggering the burglar alarm.

3 Ways to Stop Pets From Tripping the Burglar Alarm

1. Buy the Right Motion Sensors

Passive infrared (PIR) sensors are the best security sensor for inside the home, particularly if you own pets. These sensors detect body heat rather than movement and are sensitive enough to recognize the difference between pets’ and humans’ heat signatures. Your system will therefore be able to accurately determine whether there’s a genuine threat to your home security or just a nosy cat on the kitchen counter.

2. Place Sensors at Human Height

Home SecurityPets spend the majority of their time at ground level. When placing home security sensors around the house, angle them to detect movement at human height rather than areas closer to the ground. Placing them too low will increase the number of false alarms. 

3. Avoid Pointing Sensors at Windows

Even the laziest dogs are keen to look out the window, and when something catches their attention, it’s not uncommon for them to jump around excitedly, triggering a false alarm. Instead of aiming motion sensors at windows, install sensors specially designed to detect when someone pries the window open or breaks it. This way, your pet won’t trigger the alarm, but your home will still be safe and armed against intruders.


Looking to install a pet-friendly home security system? Contact the experts at HSI Security in Dayton, OH. Their experienced team will help you find the best remote security monitoring system for your home and budget. They also install and sell access control systems to further secure your home or office. Learn more about the available options online and call (937) 479-6628 to schedule an estimate today.