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Monday, May 13th, 2019 1:36 AM

Triggering Alarm/Siren from App

Simplisafe please add this feature to the app!  My house was broken into a few weeks ago and I've added exterior cameras that detect motion.  I'd really like to be able to trigger the alarm remotely if I'm not at home but my exterior cameras send me an alert that someone is snooping around my house.  When my home was broken into, he left as soon as the alarm went off (30 seconds) but if I could manually activate the alarm before the criminal even gets into the house, I'm pretty sure that would dissuade them.

In the meantime, can C.O.P.S. dispatch manually trigger the alarm/siren for me if I call them?

Community Admin


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5 years ago


At this time, there is no way to manually trigger a local alarm remotely - whether by you or by us. The only way to trigger an alarm is by being at the protected location.

But thank you for your suggestion. For your situation, we can also suggest that you set at least some of your sensors to Instant Trigger (you can set these in the Keypad settings, on a per-sensor basis). With the feature enabled, those sensors will trigger an alarm instantly, without the countdown!

Johnny M.
SimpliSafe Home Security

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@davey_d​ I absolutely agree. It would be so much more helpful and affective to be able to remotely trigger your siren an alarm!!!

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PLEASE add this simple feature to your app. It is ridiculous it is not included to begin with.

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This has to become an option. It is ridiculous that you cannot manual trigger an alarm when away from home.  Please consider doing this.

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5 years ago

+1 for being able to trigger the alarm via the app - this could be very useful and shouldn't be terribly difficult to implement.  Agree with the original poster that this would also make motion alerts from cameras all the more useful to the user.

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5 years ago

I asked for this a couple of years ago and so far it hasn't been done. I found a work around and it will work. I put an entry sensor on my cd tray on my home computer and set it to trigger immediately. You have to put Team Viewer (or software that allows remote connection) on that PC (and your phone/tablet) so you can connect to it from wherever you might be. There is a command that will open (and close) the cd tray and I used that as the command on an icon on my desk top. So, I can connect to my pc and open the cd tray and the alarm will sound. This is what I used in the open command - nircmd.exe cdrom open F: (replace F with your cd drive letter) and to close it - nircmd.exe cdrom close F:. I labelled the icons Panic open and Panic close. Hope this helps. I have an external siren so I'm hoping to prevent a break in before it happens like you.

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FYI, they make devices that literally just push a button that you can trigger remotely such as https://www.amazon.com/SwitchBot-Smart-Switch-Button-Pusher/dp/B07B4D9KVX?th=1 . You could set this up with a panic button and achieve the same thing faster and without nearly as much hassle.

I do give you major points for creativity though. :)

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@jsparks349_1​ It’s sad that the company can’t provide this, and you have to go through hoops like that… They must not care

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wow !

Cudos for that work. I on the other hand have trouble with a wireless doorbell.

Its an item that should be part of the package.

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5 years ago

I understand the request for automation/panic button but it's not here.

If you get a camera motion alert and can see someone breaking in/attempting to break in, in the interests of time, I suggest it would be prudent to call the Police directly. Every additional step increases response time.

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@whoaru99​ It can take some time for a police response, especially these days. And an ability to sound an alarm is part of the whole reason for having an alarm…

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5 years ago

I agree with calling the police. My idea was to hopefully scare someone off if you see them lurking around outside of your house. And, if you live in a rural area like some do, the police may not get there until it's way too late.

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1 year ago

Calling the police is a good idea.  However, if you are not local, the 911 response center may not be your police station and you need to have their number as a contact.  On the other hand, it might be useful to call the service center monitoring your home and notify THEM that you have someone on video who does not belong there.  Perhaps THEY can trigger the alarm remotely.

This is pretty fundamental if, for some reason, the sensors other than the camera are not triggered.

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