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security systems for pet owners
Animal lovers don't have to compromise on home security. It is a general misconception that pet
owners shouldn't invest in home security systems, because pets and alarm sensors don't mix
The truth is, you don't have to choose between your pets and an alarm system. In fact, having a
guard dog with a home security system can offer you added protection. Alarm systems use
sensors to detect intruders or vandals when they're on your property, but a guard dog can smell
and hear an intruder long before they see them, alerting you long before the criminal has an
opportunity to get close to your home.
However, normally it's not your big guard dog that sets off your alarm. The real perpetrators are
cats and small dogs, the smaller pets that are often allowed indoors. False alarms happen when
these small pets move around after you've armed your house. They either break a beam or
they're picked up by your sensors, which automatically triggers your alarm.
Thankfully, because there are pet-friendly security systems, this no longer has to be a problem.
These pet-friendly alarm systems have Passive InfraRed sensors (PIRs) that are engineered to
be resistant to picking up animals. In other words, these sensors don't trigger your alarm when
they sense your pets.
PIRs use a variety of factors to detect whether they're picking up an animal or a human intruder.
Weight, height, speed and even body temperature, assisting these sensors in determining
whether or not to trigger your alarm.
However, pet-friendly sensors aren't 100% fool proof. If, for example, your cat gets too close to a
sensor, it'll seem much larger, almost tiger sized. This could trigger a false alarm. This is why
sensors shouldn't face towards the tops of cupboards, fridges, or anywhere a cat could climb up
and get too close to a sensor.
At Chubb, we not only have pet-friendly alarm systems available to you, we'll also give you a free
home security assessment to determine which security measures need to be put in place. We'll
also install and position your sensors so that your pets are less likely to trigger your alarm.
If you would like to know more about pet-friendly security systems or any of our other security
products and services, please visit www.chubb.co.za/ or call us on 086 100 2211.