Fort Worth compromises on alarms

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, December 1, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas - Last month, City Councilors here approved a plan that restricts police response to private security alarms to homes and business that hold valid city permits.

The plan is a departure from the city’s verified response policy that met with sharp criticism from residents and alarm companies, who turned out in droves for a council meeting where the issue was scheduled to be voted on. Councilors backed off that plan, settling instead on the no permit, no response policy. Permit fees will also be raised under the new policy.

The revised policy also will address the issue of false alarms itself, creating a residents task force to study the problem. Representatives would include people with residential and commercial permits, as well as one with no alarm. Five representatives from the alarm industry will also sit on the task force, along with appropriate state legislative representatives.