NMC teams with municipality to educate false alarm offenders

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01/13/2010
Just came across this story at the Orange County Register. Seems they've been having a real doozy of a time with false alarms lately over in Irvine, Calif. The IPD holds a quarterly alarm awareness class for interested residents and businesses with alarms. The class is not mandated for offenders, but is voluntary and offers incentives. The next class will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Sharon Elder VP of sales at NMC's Aliso Viejo central station will co-run the class with IPD personnel. I visited the (at-the-time) brand-spanking-new Texas center on the way to last year's TechSec. Nice center. There is a $15 registration fee, but attendees get a false alarm fee credit they can use at some point in the future. Interested in attending? Contact IPD regulatory affairs supervisor Cristine Gaiennie at 949-724-7066. Elder said it's important for the industry to participate in educational efforts like this. "The class is actually written into the ordinance. It started back in 1996. I've been the police liaison since then. Christine has been involved since then, as well. It's in the 'good and good for you' category. Clearly we need to work together with municipalities to be sure citizens are educated." Quesions for Sharon on alarm awareness education can be directed to her at 800-353-3031. Gaiennie agreed cooperation was the key ingredient to educating the public and curtailing the false alarm problem. "It's a real tag-team effort," Gaiennie said. "We've held this class for years, and Sharon has been teaching it for years." This is a good example of the municipality and the industry working together to help educate end-users and thereby save resources. Good work.