Verified response unlikely to come to Delaware

Thursday, March 6, 2003

March 6, 2003

DOVER, Del. - Recently, the topic of verified response has been a hot one in the alarm industry, with many communities looking to follow the lead of the Los Angeles Police Commission and adopt a verified response policy for burglar alarms.

While most of those efforts had been limited to individual communities, the state of Delaware had been considering legislation that would move all police in the state to a verified response policy.

The bill, which was introduced in February 2002, is similar to a policy under discussion in Los Angeles, where police would only respond to an alarm call if the alarm company verified it.

However, a member of the task force working on this legislation reports that it is unlikely that the state will adopt a verified response policy.

“ Verified response is not going to happen in Delaware and that’s good news for the industry,” said Joe Gallagher, secretary of the Delaware Alarm Association, and a member of the task force.

Gallagher said the task force, which has been meeting since October, is on the verge of developing a series of recommendations designed to supplant the verified response legislation proposed by State Rep. Robert Gilligan last year.