City requires ECV
CARROLLTON, Texas--On Tuesday, June 6, the City Council here revised and approved changes to the city's alarm ordinance, which now requires monitoring facilities to utilize enhanced call verification on all alarms in the city in an effort to reduce the number of false dispatches.
More than one-fifth of calls Carrollton police respond to are for burglar, panic and other alarms, police spokesman Patrick Murphy said. Of those, more than 99 percent are false, reported The Dallas Morning News.
The police worked with the North Texas Alarm Association to create the new ordinance. President of the NTAA Chris Russell said the industry wants to work with police.
"One of our primary objectives is to raise the level of awareness to the problem of false alarms so users of alarm systems realize those mistakes place a burden on the police department," Russell said in a written statement.