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Testing of Intruder Alarm Systems

Remember when your burglar alarm system was first installed?

You may have experienced several false alarms during the first year that your system was in operation. Some of these false alarms may have been due to “user error”, caused by you or one of your fellow employees. Maybe you also had a false alarm or two due to defective equipment.

Several years have gone by and the false alarms seem to have disappeared. You dutifully turn your system on every night, and turn it off every morning. Everything seems to be working fine. Is it?

The truth isĀ intrusion alarm systems should be tested regularly to assure that they are in proper working order.

Suggestions for Testing

  • Tests of burglarĀ alarm systems at “average risk” facilities should be conducted at least annually. Systems at “high risk” facilities should be tested at least quarterly. (Your insurance company may require more frequent tests.)
  • Tests should be conducted by a company other than the one who installed and/or services the existing system. Alternatively, the system may be tested by the regular installation and service company provided that the tests are witnessed by the owner of the facility or the user of the intrusion alarm system.
  • Every device in the system should be tested. Open every door, trip every motion and glass break detector, activate every panic button or hold-up alarm device. Remember, if it seems like too much trouble to test a particular device, it is likely that the system installer felt the same way when he first put in the system. These “hard-to-test” types of devices are the ones that need testing the most.
  • If the system is monitored, have the monitoring centre provide a written report showing which alarm zones were received and when. As most monitoring centres are now computerised, it is usually not a problem to have a report printed and faxed to you just after completion of the test.
  • Disconnect the system from it’s primary power source to test the back-up battery systems. This can usually be done by simply unplugging the low-voltage transformer that is plugged into the wall near the panel. Operate the system for ten to fifteen minutes without power and then trip the system to make sure that it still works OK.
  • If the system is monitored, unplug the connections between the alarm panel and the telephone lines. Leave unplugged for about five to ten minutes to make sure that the panel’s telephone line supervision feature is working correctly.

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