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June 27, 2019

3 Tips to Keep Your Pets from Tripping Up Your Security System

Pets and Home Security Systems

There has never been a better time to make your home more secure. While security systems used to cost thousands of dollars and required an extensive installation process, today’s home security products come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and budgets.

If you have a four-legged family member, you may be wondering how a security system will work with pets in the home. After all, it’s easy to tell another human to avoid a motion sensor or punch in a security code, but we all know that pets tend to operate according to their own rules.

With that in mind, consider these three simple tips to secure your home without your pets constantly sending false alarms so you can find a pet-friendly alarm system that works for you.

1. Take advantage of schedules

The first rule is simple: if your pets (or family) have a predictable routine, take advantage of the pet-immune motion detectors and built-in scheduling features included in many of today’s smart home products.

For example, if your dog goes out for a walk in the morning, schedule your motion sensors by the doggy door to turn off notifications around that same time. Or, if your cats like to sleep in the family room, set your indoor security cameras to ignore that space and focus on other areas throughout the night.

Of course, you don’t want to disable every security feature you’ve set up, but if you notice a growing number of false alarms from a certain area or during the same time every day, setting up a schedule can help you out.

2. Use sensors that pets can’t trigger

The second rule to follow is more about how you plan out your security system. As you’re evaluating smart security products, consider using pet-friendly motion sensors that your pets can’t accidentally trigger.

For example, although many families use motion sensors throughout their home to detect intruders, door and window sensors can be just as effective. Pets are prone to moving around at night or while you’re away, and a motion sensor might contribute to a greater number of false alarms. But, they don’t typically enter and exit a space by opening a door, making door and window sensors a great alternative.

3. Calibrate your smart cameras

The final tip revolves around one of the hottest security products on the market today: smart cameras. These Internet cameras are both inexpensive and convenient, making them the tool of choice for a growing number of modern homes.

Like motion sensors, smart cameras can send a notification to your phone or sound an alarm when unusual activity is detected. They can also be calibrated and adjusted to varying levels of sensitivity.

If your smart camera connects to an app, use the settings screen to adjust the amount of motion that’s needed to send an alert. The trick is to find the balance where a person entering a space will trip the camera, but a cat on a mission will still fly under the radar.

Xfinity Home now includes a “pet filter” feature on its Xfinity Camera, so you can quickly filter motion-triggered events and easily find clips with your pets in them. Not only does it allow you to check in on your pets while you’re away, but it can also help you calibrate your system based on your pet’s schedule and day-to-day activities.

With the right products and a few small adjustments, it’s easy to make your pet-friendly home both safe and secure. Don’t let the daily schedule of your furry friends keep you from investing in a quality home security system.