Wireless Pet Friendly Alarm System

Pet friendly security systems don't send you alarms every time your cat or dog moves around your home.

Pet friendly security systems don’t send you alarms every time your cat or dog moves around your home.

Being safe is extremely important when it comes to your home, which is why so many people now have home security systems to alert them to intrusions and security breaches. In theory this should work well in allowing homeowners to act quickly should they fall victim to criminal activity. However, things don’t always go to plan especially if you have motion detectors or security cameras that are picking up dogs, cats and other pets within the home.

Having a security alarm or siren go off numerous times due to a pet setting it off can be annoying to say the least, but it can also cause homeowners to become complacent to the alarm’s sound so they don’t take immediate action. This is something that can be overcome by using a pet friendly alarm system.

What is a Pet Motion Detector?

There are a couple of types of pet friendly security system.

Pet friendly motion detectors: A standard motion detector will pick up motions of anything that moves within its perimeter. A pet motion detector has more adjustability, so it can be set to ignore movements from objects under a certain weight. It can be set up so that it is pet friendly enough to ignore a trigger from many cats or other small animals roaming around and even big dogs that may trip the alarm while wandering around the home.

One trick that some security system installers use is to point motion detectors slightly higher, so that they avoid smaller pets that are at ground level – just be careful they are not pointed too high!

Smart home camera systems: These smart home alarm systems actually run algorithms which assess the footage from surveillance cameras to pick up unusual activity. The more sophisticated and intelligent these algorithms are, the more they are able to distinguish between things like light changes, shadow movements, trees moving in the wind, pets and human activity. This is ideal for reducing false alarms from these non-important movements, while still making you aware of things you need to know about.

Common Causes of False Alarms with Traditional Alarm Systems

We all have a neighbor who has a burglar alarm that goes off all of the time. Nothing is ever found to be out of place, so eventually people begin to get annoyed and take it for granted that the alarm going off is yet again another false alarm. That one time when they do actually get broken into could be the time when the neighbors yet again roll their eyes thinking that nothing is wrong. This is why it is so important to know the common causes of false alarms and fix them to minimize the chance of it occurring.

Motion detectors can be set off for a number of reasons other than an intruder being present in the home. Here are some of the top reason for false alarms:

Inputting the wrong security code: One of the main triggers is human error such as inputting the wrong code.

Forgetting to disarm: Forgetting that the alarm is set, but opening doors and windows, is another common error that causes alarms to be triggered.

Batteries low on power: Letting the batteries run low is something that alarm owners should avoid. This happens most often with cable-free burglar alarms as it’s not something people think about until the alarm sounds in the dead of night, or they receive a panicked call from neighbors telling them the police have been alerted to their alarm activation.

Pets moving inside your house: Pets are a common way that motion detector alarms are triggered. Understandably you will want to ensure your pets can roam around when you are out of the house and at the same time ensure all possible entries are covered to detect intrusion. Positioning the sensors higher can help in some instances but all it takes is an excitable dog or jumping cat to trip the sensors and set the alarm off.

Ultrasonic detectors: If you have a security system that uses ultrasonic detectors then a draft of air could easily set them off. All it takes is a small bit of air in motion from an air vent to get the alarm waking up neighbors and deafening the neighborhood. This is why it is important to ensure the sensors are positioned away from sources of draft cold or warm. Having a motion detector that picks up objects over a certain weight can help to eliminate this too.

Ill-fitting or faulty contacts: With contact sensors, the contacts on doors and windows can come loose over time. This could trigger the alarm into thinking there has been an intrusion when there has not. This could be caused by something as simple as a gust of wind against a door or window, your dog getting excited and jumping against the door when the postman comes or a cat brushing past the window of a contact that has come loose. Also if you have wooden frames, be aware that they can take on water over time and this water can touch the contacts causing the alarm to be set off.  Sealing the contacts can help alleviate this problem.

How Smart Home Security Systems Help Reduce False Alarms

Having a smart home security system installed can alleviate many of the above problems. Here are 5 ways a smart home security system, particularly one that uses security cameras, can reduce false alarms:

  1. Video security systems that learn

The most advanced wireless burglar alarm systems learn over time about what matters and what doesn’t. A great way to reduce the number of false alarms without having to do a lot. Video security systems can even learn to ignore pets and be set up to make sure that you don’t get alerts every time your pet makes a move inside your home.

  1. View video footage

One of the most useful modern features is the option to view video footage from your mobile; this will enable homeowners to ensure that in the event of an alarm being triggered, they can view the inside of their home to see what has caused it.

Rather than having the police or paid security alerted when the alarm is triggered you can ask a family member or trusted neighbor to check the alarm being safe in the knowledge that you have already looked at the video footage so are sure the house is free from intruders. If you do fall victim to an intrusion then you can notify the police and use the video footage as evidence to have criminals identified and convicted.

  1. Use video hot spots

With video surveillance systems you should be able to select ‘hot spots’, or areas where you want to focus video analysis. This way you can quickly screen out any areas that might give you false alarms, such as the footpath at the end of the drive, a tree or curtain that you know moves a lot in the wind or a place where you know the cat is likely to move around a lot. The hot spots are then left to focus on areas of movement that matter.

  1. An end to entry pad codes

Smart security systems are now mainly controlled from smart phone security apps. You can arm and disarm the system from your phone, which is great if you’re not sure if you forgot to turn it on when you left home!

  1. Extra features such as scheduling and geofencing

Advanced systems can also make use of features such as scheduling and geofencing. Scheduling isn’t a new idea, it’s based on the system being programmed to turn on and off at particular times of the day and night, as many home thermostats and heating systems do.

Geofencing is a fairly new feature that is made possible thanks to smart phones. It’s basically a feature by which the system knows if you are onsite or not by using your phone’s GPS, meaning it can be set to automatically disarm and arm based on your location. A nice idea if you’re not the kind of person that likes remembering to always set and unset an alarm.


So there’s a quick summary of a few types of pet friendly alarm systems and the most common causes of false alarms.

by Cleverloop Team
February 18, 2016