How to Disable House Alarms

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Adding a home alarm system is a good way to keep your family and belongings safe. Whether you’re at home or not, the system monitors your doors and windows for unauthorised entry. If a criminal tries to break in, the alarm system notifies the police department what is happening. However, sometimes it is necessary to disable house alarms. The following steps will help you to learn how to disable house alarms.

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    Snip the phone line that connects your alarm system to the monitoring company. Many older systems feature land line connections. These can be circumvented, if you cut the right telephone line. This will lead to the exterior of the house, as it has to reach the grid.

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    Program your alarm system to shut off at preset times. If you are always home at certain times, you can use the LCD keypad to program your system to disable itself.

  3. 3

    Employ passwords. You can disable your home alarm system by punching in a predetermined code before the alarm goes off. Some systems allow you to use “housekeeper” codes that you can give to servants that will only work when your help is supposed to arrive and leave.

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    Block the wireless signal from your home alarm system. If you surround your wireless home alarm receiver with enough metal, it will prevent the signal from getting to the alarm system company. This may also result in the company dispatching police to your home. So be aware of the possibility.

  5. 5

    Use a key chain control to disable your system. Some companies provide their customers with a small device that will allow you to engage and disable your system from outside your home. Practice with the key chain control for a while to make sure you’re doing it correctly.

  6. 6

    Cut the power supply. When all else fails, you can disable your home alarm system by turning off the power. You should be able to flip the correct switch on your circuit breaker to do this.

Tips and warnings

  • False alarms may result when you play with your alarm system. Some companies may charge you for multiple false alarms, so be careful.

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