95% of all alarm activations are false. I.E., no actual or attempted intrusion has taken place — despite the fact a signal has been sent to the monitoring station indicating otherwise. False alarms can be caused by user or mechanical error, severe weather, unlocked or loose doors and windows, insects, or power outages.
Cities are now charging hefty fines for false alarms and some police departments will no longer respond to alarm activations that aren’t “verified.” A report published by the United States Department of Justice recognized verified response as a best practice toward eliminating waste and improving police service.
Verified alarms can immediately confirm a break-in using a live video or audio feed from the premises. Sonitrol’s verified alarms are sound-based. When an alarm is triggered, our monitoring professionals can actually listen-in to determine whether a break-in is in progress, or whether a false alarm has occurred. If it is a break-in, we immediately dispatch police and relay real-time information to the responding officers. If it is a false alarm, we simply reset the system without bothering you or the police.
Sonitrol’s Verified Intrusion system, combined with our highly trained monitoring professionals, have helped us earn the highest apprehension rate and the lowest false alarm rate in the industry.