Oakland, Calif., gouging the industry?
Got my Alarm/Security Industry Legal Newsletter from Ken Kirschenbaum yesterday. Seems another municipality may be on the path to use its alarm ordinance as a revenue generator rather than as a means to curtail wasteful false alarms. Ken is raising the alarm and urging concerned alarm companies who do business in the Oakland area to attend. Here's a little of what Ken had to say about the situation:
They can call it false alarm reduction, better protection for the public or anything else they want--but it's revenue raising for the city and that's about it. It also appears that at least one private company will benefit, ATB Services--engaged to administer the new program.The included invitation to the meeting urges industry participation:
The City of Oakland's Police Department invites members of the alarm industry to attend an important meeting to discuss the implementation of the City's revised alarm ordinance. If you plan to operate any type of Alarm Company Installation or Monitoring activity within the city limits of Oakland, Calif., you should plan to have a representative attend this meeting.Questions, comments and concerns regarding the agenda can be forwarded to ATB's Janie Morin at 800-861-5944 ext. 101. The meeting is set to take place tomorrow (Dec. 16) at the OPD auditorium, located at 455 Seventh Street in Oakland. The new ordinance can be found here. And what's interesting is to read what Ken really thinks of false alarm laws and the false alarm problem in general. Ken asks some valid questions. Security Systems News will continue to follow this story.