A False Alarm with Great Dispatch Reaction and Low Quality Technical Support
I am an existing customer; there was a situation yesterday when I've received a call about the master alarm when no one was in the building. The sequence of the alarms looked like this:
- Train your agents to actually read the conversation and keep the current chat in focus of their attention.
- Do not train them to shift the responsibility to the customer, citing the "environmental factors:"
- A sudden burst of sunlight through a window heating an object or reflecting on to the sensor (there's no sunlight at 8 PM in Illinois and the light does not affect the magnetic sensors)
- A bolt of lighting in a thunderstorm creating a sudden burst of light/heat (a bolt of lightning able to create enough heat to heat the internal sensor will destroy the whole damn building)
- A very small animal, such as an insect, crawling right in front of it (insects aren't magnetic and cannot affect the magnetic entry sensors)
- The sensor being vibrated or moved (how on Earth a heavy metal door, locked by 3 locks, can be "vibrated" or "moved" if there are two doors, no wind, and no one was around?)
And, of course, do not offer "explanations" like this:
(Mon, 30 Oct 2023 22:43:34) SimpliSafe Assistant : In this case, the Entry Sensor tripped at random.
(Mon, 30 Oct 2023 22:51:24) SimpliSafe Assistant : We mean that if the Motion Sensor is triggered it is normal that the Entry Sensor will alarm as well.
It can't be so. Since when one sensor's alarm triggers another sensor if there's no event on that another sensor? By that logic, you could trigger a CO2 detector if there's a water leak, because why not?
Why not just admit that the reason of the false alarm cannot be determined, offer a replacement or ensure the customer that it will be offered if the accident happens again and move to the next chat?
Oh, and about the replacement: do you expect the customer to make a trip to the post office to ship you back a $19 sensor? Or do you suppose that the customer wants a "free lunch" so badly that he falsified an alarm event to receive a replacement and own -- hell yeah -- TWO $19 sensors by the price of one? Come on, you'll dispose that piece of plastic upon arrival.
Bottom line: the dispatching unit is excellent, and so is the equipment. But you are cutting corners with the first-line support department.