False alarms are dangerous in that they pull fire prevention and safety resources away from other possible emergencies. Vermont State Police will stop responding to alarms after the third false alarm.
Security alarm industry associations offer the following tips to prevent false alarms:
Ensure everyone with authorized access to the property has the correct disarm code
Train authorized users how to use the alarm system
Close all doors and windows before you turn on the alarm
If you need to re-enter the property after arming the system, always disarm the system and start the arming process over again
Check to make sure the system is working properly, with all batteries charged and equipment properly connected
Remove objects near motion detectors that may move, and keep the area of the motion sensor clean of materials (spider webs, helium balloons) that could potentially trigger unintended alarms