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Tips for Preventing False Alarms with Cox Home Security

Last Updated: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 > Related Articles

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Summary

False alarms can be prevented. Review these tips to learn how.

Solution

Understand Your System

  • At installation, your Cox Home Security system is placed in a learning period for 3 days to allow you to become familiar with the controls, and avoid false alarms as you learn how to use your system. During this learning period, there will be no emergency response to burglar alarms, but all other alarm types will be responded to according to standard operating procedures. Following the 3-day learning period, the system will automatically connect to the Cox monitoring center for emergency response to all alarms from your system.
  • Learn how to use your security system and make sure that everyone with access to your home is instructed on how to use it (including passcodes and passwords).
  • Every household member should know how to cancel a false alarm using your designated Central Station Passcode (Secret Word).
  • If you have pets, ensure that your system is set up so they will not trip the alarm.

Keep Your System in Good Working Order

  • Keep batteries fresh. Outdated or weak batteries can cause a sensor to malfunction. When your touchscreen alerts you to a low battery, please contact us at 1-877-404-2568 for assistance.
  • Test your alarm regularly and before you go out of town. Be sure to notify Cox’s Central Monitoring Station before beginning a test. Call 1-855-261-2501.
  • Notify Cox Home Security technical support if you suspect the system is not working properly.
  • Schedule an annual service inspection to keep your system maintained properly. Subscribers to the Equipment Service Plan receive complete system service and maintenance, and save 50% on their annual service inspections. Battery replacement costs extra.

Notify Cox Home Security of Operational Issues with Your System

  • Notify us of any changes to your household. This includes name changes, new family additions or new pets.
  • Ensure that Cox Home Security has up-to-date emergency dispatch contact information. You can update your contacts by logging into https://portal.coxhomesecurity.com and selecting the Security menu, then Emergency Dispatch Setup.
  • Notify Cox Home Security if you plan to install anything or perform any home renovations near the location of the alarm control panel or any installed components.

Alarm Best Practices

  • Have others leave the house before arming the system from within.
  • Check to make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked before arming the system.
  • Ensure moving items such as balloons, curtains, decorations, and pets are not placed in the path of motion detectors.
  • After disarming the system, confirm that the alarm is turned off (indicated by a green disarmed status on the touchscreen or in the Cox Home Security app on your smartphone).
  • If the alarm sounds, always make sure to speak to someone from the Cox Home Security monitoring station immediately. Wait by the phone designated as your first emergency dispatch contact, or call 1-855-261-2501 and have your Central Station Passcode (Secret Word) ready.

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