Preventing False Alarms

The Cost of False Alarms

A security system can greatly reduce the chance of having an unwanted intruder in your home, and loss of property. Remember, the system is only as good as the quality of the components and installation. A vast majority of alarms reported to the Lighthouse Point Police Department are false alarms! Each one must be handled as a real threat until it is determined otherwise. False alarms add unnecessary risk to the responding officers and the public in generals.

Because of the high cost and risk incurred by responding to false alarm calls, the City of Lighthouse Point has enacted a False Alarm Ordinance. The intent of this Ordinance is, simply, to reduce the number of false alarms received by the Lighthouse Point Police and Fire Departments.

How to Reduce False Alarms

  • Have all loose fitting doors and windows with sensors tightened. A loose fit may break the sensor contact, even without opening the door/window.
  • Insure everyone who has access to your home has the code and knows how to arm and disarm your security system.
  • Have your alarm company check and service your alarm system regularly. Notify them immediately if you think the system is not working properly.
  • If the alarm goes off accidentally, notify the alarm company and/or your local law enforcement agency immediately. In Lighthouse Point just dial 954-942-8080.

Before You Leave Home

  • Close and lock all doors and windows tightly.
  • Keep pets, balloons, fans and heaters away from motion sensor areas.
  • After activating your system, wait a few moments to insure your security system armed itself properly.