1. Test your alarm
Ensure your system is in perfect working order by testing it regularly. Notify your monitoring centre before arming your system, wait a few seconds then ensure to set of every detector. This way the monitoring staff will be able to check your panel and all detectors are operating and reporting back to base correctly. It is advisable to do this twice yearly at least.
2. Ensure your system is serviced every year to the Australian standard
Just like your car, it is important to ensure your alarm is serviced regularly. Alarms are fitted with backup batteries, which in the case of a power outage will keep your alarm operating as normal until power is restored. These batteries will require replacement every 1 to 2 years. During the service, the technician will also perform any required code changes, as well as checking and maintaining motion detectors, sirens and smoke detectors.
3. Keep your monitoring centre updated
This goes without saying- ensure we have the correct and up to date contact details listed on your account. Update your key holder details so we know who is authorised by you to be on site and don’t forget to let your monitoring centre know your travel plans and provide alternate contact details in the case of an emergency while you’re away.
4. Test your smoke detectors
Have you replaced the batteries recently? Are they functioning correctly? Did you know that you can wire smoke detectors onto most modern alarm panels? Pop us an email for more information!
5. Love thy neighbour!
Not exactly housekeeping, but having a good relationship with your neighbours is essential to ensuring your property is secured when you’re not around. List your neighbours as contacts on your monitoring account for when you’re not around and consider joining your local neighbourhood watch association.
6. Examine potential entry points
Put yourself in the shoes of someone who aimed to gain entry to your property. Are there all ground floor doors secure? Check the strike plates - the metal fittings that catch latches and bolts. Your fittings should be four-screw strike plates with three-inch screws that penetrate the door jamb and the wood of the stud behind the jamb. Exterior doors - including the garage door - should have deadbolts with at least a one-inch bolt. What about windows? Trim back bushes and hedges that conceal them from street view and potential witnesses passing by.
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