New L.A. alarm plan proposed

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, July 17, 2003

July 17, 2003

LOS ANGELES - City officials in Los Angeles have proposed a compromise plan that, if approved by police, would likely end the city's more than nine-month-old controversy over verified response.

In a proposal Tuesday that officials said would reduce false alarms by 55 percent, Mayor James Hahn put forth a plan that would allow police to respond to a burglar alarm unless a home or business has more than two false alarms in a 12-month period, according to published reports. The new plan would also require alarm companies to make sure customers have a $30 alarm permit from the city.

The new plan is similar to one developed last month by a task force charged with studying the city's false alarm issue. That 19-member group drafted a plan that would have given alarm owners three false alarms before police would stop responding to an unverified alarm signal and also imposed fines for false alarms. That plan was rejected by the Police Commission in June.

The Police Commission is expected to discuss the matter in a meeting Tuesday.