Edit this Published in Freakonomics Radio REBROADCAST: The Hidden Cost of False Alarms Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/293490/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend If any other product failed 94 percent of the time, you'd probably stop using it. So why do we put up with burglar alarms?