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Old 10-21-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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and dreaming and all of a sudden my house alarm goes off. For CPI people, my lady is saying back door alarm. It's 1:30am. Talk about WTF for a second until you realize what's going on. I mean I literally shot out of bed! The bf was heading to the bathroom when the alarm went off. (He's never heard it as he was at work when installed and tested). So he kinda froze and totally looked like a deer in headlights and I'm like grab the Mossberg!!!!! So we're heading downstairs, both armed, expecting I don't know what and there's NOTHING. Nada, zilch. Now I'm like the wtf????!!!! CPI doesn't come over the speaker nor call me/bf. I'm like that's kinda odd. So I call them about 3 minutes later after inspecting property. They say my phone line is out and they left a message at one of the numbers-Guess what?? My bf's work where obviously he isn't. They didn't even try the other 2 numbers which are our cells. (I paid for cellback up) They hadn't even dispatched police yet. Their policy is to come over speaker. If that isn't working, then call all numbers, then dispatch. The funny thing is that when I was heading out the master door, I hit the police emergency button on panel because the alarm shouldn't have been going off without something going on. I asked CPI why the cops weren't here when I hit the button. They said they go through numbers and then dispatch. I'm screaming at the lady saying it's now been 7 minutes and god knows what could have happened IF someone was really in my house!!!!!! I'm assuming you hit the emergency button for a reason if the alarm is going on-police should be dispatched right then and there!
I know I can multi task but I don't think I could be blowing someone away and answering my Iphone at same time, LOL. Anyways, the point to this rant is that CPI said that sometimes the change of weather can cause the alarm to trip. Anyone else agree with that?? Before I head off to the mountains, and probably fly off one due to non sleep, I'm going to test the door to see maybe if someone had tried to open it and thats what set it off. GREAT
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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That stinks. I also have CPI so this is not very encouraging to me. I have set my alarm off by accident a couple of times and they were able to come over the loudspeaker very quickly. In your situation they should have sent the police out since you pushed the panic button. I was told if the phone lines were "cut" or out that they would assume there was a problem and send the police out. I would complain to managment. It does not sound like proper procedure was followed. Thanks God it was nothing this time.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:40 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I would push this issue if I were you. You have this alarm system for a reason and it's not doing what its supposed to. The company failed to do anything it promised. I would push and push until I got someone out there to test the system or got my money back and went with someone else.

I know I'm making it sound easy when it's probably not going to be, but what if it was something serious? What then? Can you really afford to drop the subject? In the end, it's up to you, but that's what I would do.

Glad that you and yours are OK.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:00 AM
 
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I work for an alarm company and I have not heard about change of weather related incidences. Definitely lighting and maybe hard rain but not frost. Did the phone problem set it off, did it think the phone lines were cut? So many people do not update their notification numbers and the alarm company can't get anyone. Did they actually call the police, do you have a permit for your alarm, police will not despatch unless there is a permit ( I think Union may not need one). Your panic button - did you specifically tell them to despatch first and then notify or notify, verify and then despatch. These are just the questions that I deal with daily (I do not work for CPI btw or ADI just a smaller one with same issues). Hope you get it sorted out.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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I know I can multi task but I don't think I could be blowing someone away and answering my Iphone at same time, LOL.. GREAT
You need a bluetooth headset. That way you can rack and shoot while talking.

At least it was a good test in case there was a real emergency. You shot up out of bed and went for the Mossy. That's my gut reaction too.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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I think it is a fluke.
I have CPI at home and the office.
The office has been set off numerous times and it all worked as advertised.
Come over speaker, if no response dispatch police and start calling down the contact list.

LOL, flexysteve (re get the BT headset for the iPhone).
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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If someone shakes my back door hard, like trying to see if it will open, the alarm goes off. You might have had a "real" incident.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:46 AM
 
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We've never had that happen with our system. Now my parents' system used to go off randomly in the night. Nothing like meeting the cops in the kitchen when you're naked!
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Nothing like meeting the cops in the kitchen when you're naked!
Using my best Joey Tribiani imitiation from Friends: "How u doin'?"
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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When we lived in Virginia, ADT was the major company in our subdivision. My next door neighbor would purposely trigger his alarm evey few months, just to see how ADT responded. The response was not the same each time. It was actually pathetic, especially if you put yourself in Himain's scenario of "what if someone was actually in the house" at the time. Yikes!
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