False alarms are one of the common headaches of having a security system. Generally speaking, they interrupt your dinner (or your sleep). Depending on where you live or work, they might even be an unplanned or unmanageable expense. You already know why your own false alarms are a problem. But what about someone else’s?
False alarms make law enforcement complacent.
Law enforcement officers have a tough job. Based on your own experiences with traditional alarm systems, imagine for a moment what it must be like for the police to receive a call from a central station about an activated alarm. They’re thinking the same thing you’re thinking right now. Sure, it’s important, because it might be a break-in. But it’s probably not.
And so they don’t respond quickly. It’s understandable. They’re spread too thin as it is.
There’s a better way.
Audio and video verified alarms allow the central station operator to give the police dispatchers a play-by-play and ensure that the police know there is an active break-in in progress. That same verification can also make the job safer for law enforcement. The central station operator can tell the officer how many suspects are involved and where on the premises they are.
Law enforcement officers like verified alarms. It’s not tough to see why.
To encourage alarm users to choose verified alarm systems that help officers better manage their safety and resources, and to help reduce the cost to the tax-payers, many municipalities have chosen to implement false alarm fines. In our service area alone, these fines can be as much as $100 per occurrence.
Whether you have a verified alarm system or not, there are things you can do to help reduce false alarms.
False alarms are a community issue. When it’s time to purchase or upgrade your system, consider a verified system and help reduce this burden on you, your employees and your local law enforcement.