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New Neighbor

"Silent Alarm"

I live in a townhouse and as a new Ring customer, I'm trying to avoid false alarms/sirens to not disturb neighbors. One way of doing this at least for the first few days I thought of was to not sound the siren, but receive mobile alerts from sensors. I realized, this can be done with Ring. However, there is no "easy" way to do it. What I've decided to do is to leave the alarm in the Unarmed state, but individually enable the various sensor alerts (open/closed or motion alerts). This effectively creates a "silent alarm" of sorts. I think this is a very useful feature... Notification is a power in and of itself, but I wish I did not have to disarm my alarm to do this and/or a one-click setting to monitor all devices would be useful.

 

In fact, I could see use-cases for always wanting to operate in this mode, especially if cameras are involved, where live feeds can be checked for intruders. Is there any better way to do this? Does anyone else have false alarm concerns? I haven;t heard the siren yet but from what I've heard it's quite loud.

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Re: "Silent Alarm"

Hey @Fortress! Great idea to use the notifications to monitor while disarmed, although, there is no need to be concerned about a false alarm as there are many ways to avoid them.

 

Your best first step will be to explore the arm/ disarm entry and exit delay options in the Alarm settings of your Ring app. I highly recommend placing your Alarm Keypad strategically, and even using your phone to arm and disarm for the best experience.

Check out our help center article about avoiding false alarms for more tips. Smiley Happy 



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New Neighbor

Re: "Silent Alarm"

@Marley_Ring funny you say that because today, my third day using this system, I just got a false alarm on my way home. A bedroom motion detector went off in a dark bedroom with nobody in the house, I have no pets, the air was off, all windows closed, blinded and draped.

 

There is no way there was any motion. Now I'm concerned when else this is going to happen for no apparent reason? Will I be woken up tonight as well?

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New Neighbor

Re: "Silent Alarm"

I'm attempting to find out the same answer, but what I can tell you Fortress, is Motion Detection is the single most "flawed" system when it comes to Alarm Systems... It's sold in almost every "Security Bundle" out there, but it is the WORST most wasted tool that $$$ can buy, if you can upgrade to Camera's instead, it would be much more worth it... At least that way, it can distinguish the image, and determine the potential threat more easily... Having been a Security system installer in the past, I always suggest using a "Perimeter Security" system with or without surveillance cams.... Meaning: Door & Window Sensors, Video Doorbell and/or Ring: Door View, Monitored Water and Smoke Detectors if you so choose, and even getting the "Smart: Outlets or Plugs" if you like... That way you can keep track of which outlets are working properly and if you have a power outage, while you are out....