Florida city Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgoing forwardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ with alarm monitoring
GULF BREEZE, Fla.Ã¢â‚¬â€A proposal for the City of Gulf Breeze to begin monitoring security alarms was met by skepticism from members of the Alarm Association of Florida (AAF) at a Jan. 7 city council meeting.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We as a state association, along with local members operating in the area, attended the meeting to express our views as to why this may need to slow down before it moves forward,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bob Worthy, legislative committee chairman for AAF and president of Secur Technologies in Coral Springs, Fla. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We brought to the councilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention issues about technology, safety, procedure, codes and laws that they may violate.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The city council proposed monitoring alarms as a way to increase the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s revenue stream, according to a news report by the Gulf Breeze News, but Worthy said he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think the city knows all thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s involved with monitoring alarms.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The city says that they already have the building and staff in place with their 911 center, but what they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t realize is how much alarm traffic is generated by each account,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Central stations, through state law and company procedures, take care of 70 to 80 percent of alarm traffic that the police never see.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Although no time line was discussed, Worthy said the city has sent out proposals to purchase alarm equipment and Ã¢â‚¬Å“apparently their minds are made up to go forward with this.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For more on this story see the March issue of Security Systems News.