Get to Know Your Auxiliary Siren
Posted September 2nd, 2016 by Michelle Lakov
Let’s picture the unthinkable - a burglar breaking into your home. Luckily, you have a SimpliSafe, so the burglar trips the alarm during his break-in attempt. What happens next? What goes through the burglar’s head?
When one of your sensors is triggered, your Base Station sounds an alarm at 85dB. This is the equivalent of the sound of city traffic from inside your car, or the sound that your garbage disposal makes. But at SimpliSafe, we want to make sure we really get that burglar out of there. That’s where the Auxiliary Siren comes in. With a whopping 105dB of sound-power, this siren is louder than turning up your headphones to maximum power. It tells the burglar loud and clear that you have security and that the police are on their way. In fact, 60% of burglars said that the presence of an alarm system would deter them from breaking-in, so the presence of a siren could save you thousands in damages and stolen property.
Where should my auxiliary siren go?
Your Auxiliary Siren is weatherized, so you have the option of placing it under an eave or on the porch outside your home. It will draw attention to your home and alert your neighbors that something is wrong (which will not make that burglar happy).
When placing your siren outside, keep these things in mind:
The siren is weatherized, but not weatherproof. Make sure you have it under an eave or other overhang so that rain or snow won’t hit it directly.
You may lose battery life more quickly if the outside temperature gets below 45 or above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, we recommend mounting your siren indoors.
The siren should be within 200 feet of the base station (though this range may vary depending on interference).
Of course, you can also place your siren inside your home. Just mount it on any wall. We recommend choosing a wall that is near your front door or on the main level of your house to maximize burglar blasting.
That’s Nice, but Does it Do Anything Else?
Actually, it does! Your siren can also mimic the countdown beeps from your keypad when your system is disarmed. To set this up, just press the black programming button on the back of the siren until you hear 2 beeps. These beeps will signify that your siren will perform the mimic!
A Few Extra Tips
The auxiliary siren will come preprogrammed with your system, so don’t panic if you don’t see an activation strip or serial number.
The only way to test the Auxiliary Siren is to set it off. We recommend giving us a call to do this, or making sure you have your Keychain Remote and phone handy for when the monitoring company calls.
When testing the siren,grab a pair of earplugs. 105dB is very loud!