We hear it all the time – “I want a security system to protect my family, but I’m afraid my pets will trigger false alarms.”

Sure, false alarms are possible, but we’ll let you in on the secret to minimizing them: It’s as simple as finding the right company and technician.

Look for a company that places an emphasis on pets. There, you’ll find sales people and technicians who care about your pets and have learned the tips and tricks to ensure you’re protected, while minimizing the chance for pet-triggered false alarms.

QEI Security & Technology is committed to pets. We’re often at pet-related events, we offer free window clings to let firefighters know you have pets (just contact us to get one!) and our technicians even keep dog treats on their trucks.

Here’s how to find the right security system for pets:

1. Know the right questions.

Before designing your system, did the sales person ask about your pets? He should have asked about your pet’s weight, breed, size and habits.

All of these factors are critical in determining the right system. A Great Dane who is confined to one room when you are gone is very different from one that roams the house when the alarm is set.

2. Get a pet-friendly motion detector.

Nearly every security company offers pet-friendly motion detectors. Some companies offer multiple options depending on your pet’s weight – for example, QEI Security & Technology typically uses one for pets less than 55 pounds and another for pets 55-80 pounds.

In addition to the type of motion detector, the placement is key for eliminating pet-related false alarms. An experienced technician can talk with you about your pet’s habits to determine a perfect place. Because everyone’s home and pets are different, there isn’t one right answer, which is why the technician plays such an important role.

3. Will glass breaks work?

Glass break sensors are activated by a certain decibel of noise – the decibel that breaking glass reaches. A glass break is often used as an alternative to a motion detector because it will still trigger the alarm when an intruder tries to come in, but it is much harder for a pet to trigger.

It is important to note that some dogs can cause a glass break to send an alarm by barking. And if you have more hard surfaces in your home, such as hardwood floors, the noise carries and magnifies, making your sensor more likely to be set-off.