Many consumers believe that household pets and alarm systems are as compatible with one another as water and oil. As a result, they are under the misconception that pet friendly burglar alarm are more of a myth than a reality. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that modern technological innovations have enabled pets and security networks to enjoy a hand-in-hand relationship. This is quite important, for studies have shown that more than 46 per cent of homes within the United Kingdom have at least one pet. So, how do pet friendly security alarms function and what are their main benefits to property owners?


The Technical Edge

We first need to appreciate how a basic burglar alarm functions. The majority of these systems are designed to detect movement through what is known as a passive infrared (PIR) device. This is very effective, for even the slightest of movements or vibrations will trigger an alarm. However, a problem arises if the property happens to have pets. How can these systems know the difference between a furry loved one and an intruder?


Friend or Foe? Recognising Pets Within the Home


One of the most cost-effective and efficient solutions is to deploy a number of sensors which will provide a segmented field of view. For example, one can be set at the height of an average man and this can be used in conjunction with another placed 30 centimetres above the floor. Both will have to be activated before an alarm will sound. Therefore, the chances of a dog or a cat tripping an alarm in this “dual” mode are dramatically decreased.


More Than Motion Detection Alone


Pet friendly security alarms are equipped with a host of additional features that are not likely to suffer from false alerts. Some common options include:

  • Magnetic sensors that can determine if a door or window has been opened.
  • Units to detect the breakage of glass.
  • Smoke and flood alarms.

It is just as worthwhile noting that many modern pet friendly alarm systems can be programmed to discriminate between different types of motion and even the type of pet in question. For example, they can be set to detect the size of an animal or to recognise specific movements (such as a cat jumping on a table compared to a human figure rummaging through drawers). These “smart” networks are often referred to as pet-immune motion detectors.


Unique Variants for Specific Requirements


Consumers will be happy to learn that these modern systems are modular and scalable in nature. So, they can be installed within a variety of environments and if necessary, they can be upgraded on occasion. Additional options such as the activation of specific zones, flood detection, mobile phone alerts and automatic police notification are a handful of features to choose from. The bottom line is that pets will no longer cause havoc within a system and result in false alarms.


Protecting Pets and Loved Ones at All Times


It should now be clear to see that pet-friendly alarms are very much a reality. You will be able to choose from a variety of configurations based upon your needs and as always, regular maintenance and support are offered. If you hope to ensure the safety of your loved ones, it is wise to take a further look at what these units can offer. Please feel free to contact EFL Fire & Security. We will be happy to answer any additional questions or to schedule a consultation.

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