The Schlage Connect smart lock includes a built-in alarm system that can deter any potential thief from entering your home through your front door. Here’s how to do it.

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Before proceeding, it is important to know that there are two different Schlage Connect models: BE468 and BE469. The former is no longer in production, while the latter is the latest updated model. In terms of features, there are very few differences between the two, but one big difference is that the BE469 comes with an alarm while the BE468 does not. So make sure you check which model you have before triggering an alarm that might not even be there.

To find out which model you have, you need to remove the internal mechanism from the door and look at the label inside. The model number will be printed there. If you have BE469 then read on!

Three different alarm settings

First, Schlage Connect comes with three different alarm settings. Therefore, before proceeding with the process of turning on the alarm, it would be a good idea to decide which alarm mode you want to use:

  • An exercise: Two short beeps when the door opens, whether the door is locked or unlocked.
  • Rammer: 15 second alarm when the lock detects tampering (lock picking, etc.)
  • Forced entry: 3-minute alarm when the lock detects forced entry (knock, bump, etc.)

The first two modes are great when you’re away from home, as any tampering can be done by a criminal. However, the last mode is probably the one you want to turn on 24/7, even if you’re not around.

How to turn on the alarm from the lock

By default, the alarm is disabled, but if you are not sure if the alarm is enabled or not, you can press the internal Schlage button. If it beeps loudly and lights up, then the alarm is on. If it is not enabled, the lock will not beep or light up.

To turn on the alarm, simply press and hold the internal Schlage button for about five seconds. Release the button when it starts flashing. If you want to turn off the alarm in the future, hold the button until two flashes appear.

The default alarm mode is Forced Entry, but if you want to change the alarm mode used, simply press the internal Schlage button again. Each press of the button changes the alarm mode. When the left side of the button is lit, the alarm is active. When the middle part of the button lights up, the alarm is in tamper mode. And when the right side lights up, it’s in forced entry mode. Press the button until you reach the mode you want to use.

If you want to change the sensitivity level of a particular alarm mode, first set it to the desired alarm mode, then press and hold the internal Schlage button until it flashes three times (about 10 seconds). From there, you can press the button again to cycle through sensitivity levels (1 being the most sensitive and 5 being the lowest). With each press, you will receive from one to five beeps and flashes corresponding to the level of sensitivity. When you’re happy, stop pressing the button and wait for it to set the sensitivity level.

How to turn on an alarm from your phone

If you have a lock connected to a SmartHome hub via Z-Wave, you can control the lock from your phone using the SmartHome app on your hub, which will allow you to turn on and set the alarm from your phone. In my case, I’m using a Wink hub, but if you’re using a different SmartHome hub, the steps below should still be about the same.

Start by selecting an in-app lock and then tap on the settings gear icon in the top right corner of the screen.

When the pop-up menu appears, click «Front Door» in the «Locks» section. Keep in mind that your lock may be called something other than «Front Door».

Next, scroll down and click «Alarm + Security».

Tap the toggle switch to the right of «Enable Alarm» to turn it on if it’s not already.

Once enabled, additional options will appear, including «Alarm Mode», «Alarm Sensitivity» and turn on notifications every time the alarm goes off. Since these various settings have already been explained above, this part is self-explanatory.

However, be sure to click «Save» if you’re going to change any of your alarm settings.

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