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Who’s in Control of Your Security System – Your Dog or You?

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65% of households in the United States have a pet and 42% have more than one, according to a 2015-2016 survey by the American Pet Products Association. With that many furry friends running free range in households, it’s no surprise that there are also a high number of false alarms due to family pets. Worse news, though, are homeowners who simply stop using their security system because they have pets.

Indoor sensors are a crucial component in most home security systems. They use motion, vibration, weight, ultrasonic waves, microwave pulses, or infrared heat to detect intruders. Sensors – usually placed in high traffic areas – are pretty straightforward in terms of functionality. When the regular sensor pattern is interrupted, the system realizes that something is moving and an alarm is triggered. But how can homeowners with pets utilize this important security feature?

Luckily, there are a number of solutions for creating a pet-friendly alarm system.

A simple way to have motion detectors in your home without the possibility of false alarms is to keep your cats and dogs out of the specific areas covered by motion sensors. However, this might not be possible for all homeowners depending on the layout of your house.

Another option for arming your home is to aim the sensors so they don’t hit the ground. If you decide to go with this alternative, aim the sensors high enough so your pets will not set them off, but low enough so it will detect human movement. Make sure you have this done by a security professional to ensure the sensors are properly positioned. While this may not be ideal in all situations, it will easily detect the average upright burglar.

Floor sensors, designed to detect weight rather than movement, can be placed under the floor in the joists along obvious traffic patterns an intruder may take. This can be an ideal solution for cats, and dogs if they are under 70 pounds.

As you can see, there’s no reason to live with a “inactive” security system if you have a pet or are considering getting one. Pets are family members, too, and we all want to keep our furry friends safe even when we aren’t at home. Updating or installing a security system doesn’t have to be “ruff.”

Check out one of Tasco’s newest technology offerings – the Napco i-See Video Remote Video system where pets, kids, and more are viewable on any PC and all smart phones from anywhere, 24/7.

Your Tasco professional has the perfect solution for you and your pet’s needs. Contact us today at 800-546-5552 for a consultation.