How To Use Audio Verification To Reduce False Alarms

March 21st, 2019

Audio security is an idea that has been pondered for many years. When used in commercial and home security systems, audio capture can be an effective and beneficial tool in safety and surveillance. It also has the ability to work against false alarms that occur all too frequently. 

False Alarms Pose Many Challenges 

Police departments in Rochester Hills and around the U.S. are having a tough time keeping up with calls that come in from security alarm events. Today’s technology in home security can be complex, often facilitating false alarms. Home security systems can require regular maintenance and calibration to keep things operating correctly and avoid false events.  

False alarms can bog down first responders and impact customers in a negative way. Fines of more than $300 can be presented to home and business owners for false alarm responses. The homeowner often looks to the installer, dealer, or the manufacturer to take on this responsibility and pay the bill, which leads to a customer relations nightmare. 

A Second System Can Save Resources

According to the International Chiefs of Police, a verified alarm is one in which a trained central station operator detects a human presence, indicating a high probability that a criminal offence is in progress. A verified alarm in your home gives Rochester Hills law enforcement the ability to make your home a high priority. Response time shortens, and resources are sent to attempt to thwart a criminal act in progress. 

Trained operators work with the information they have. To lower the frequency of false alarms, a secondary alarm system can give them more information before utilizing the valuable resources of first responders. Though surveillance cameras are still the best defense with visual observation, using an audio source for verification of activity can assist in accurately addressing the problem of false alarms.  

Audio Surveillance Can Change The Game 

Video surveillance is typically the main choice for security monitoring and verifying incidents. There are limitations, however, to video footage alone. Video captures a portion of the event, but audio application goes beyond the field of vision to pick up noises out of view that can provide compelling evidence. Audio capture can also assist officers en route to the scene; if they hear gunshots, they know what to expect when they arrive. 

Here is the basic way in which audio surveillance works. 

  1. A sound event triggers an alarm.
  2. The sound event is sent to the monitoring center.
  3. Trained personal listen to the sound event and watch the accompanying video. 
  4. An informed decision is made about the validity of the alarm and location activity.
  5. Information is sent to the proper law enforcement officials to prioritize the first response. 

Both the International Chiefs of Police and National Sheriffs Association express their support of implementing electronic security systems with audio to reduce false alarms. Capturing sound in your Rochester Hills home is just as important as capturing video to provide accurate information. It should become an integral part of any home security system to correctly verify and identify the events that occur in all situations.