SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Digital Monitoring Products on July 19 announced a new feature to its alarm panels that, according to VP of marketing Mark Hillenburg, displays the company's continuing dedication to reducing false dispatch, which ties up central station operators, can lead to end user fines, and wastes police resources and tax payer's money.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The Security Industry Alarm Coalition has been proactively advocating for alarm industry interests and better municipality/industry relations in California for the past several weeks.
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association (GELSSA) saw its membership decline by 60 percent in the last five years, according to John Loud, the group’s president since January.
STALLINGS, N.C.—A June 3 story from the Union County Weekly reports the Stalling Public Safety Advisory Committee has gone back to the drawing board to draft an ordinance to drive down false alarm calls.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—City officials here held a meeting March 7 with certain members of the local security industry as well as representatives from SIAC to discuss their false alarm ordinance. The results of that meeting include the city remaining firm on its decision to fine alarm companies for false alarms. According to SIAC industry/law enforcement liaison Jon Sargent, the outcome could have been better.
SHAWNEE, Kan.—Police officials here were putting together a proposal for the Shawnee City Council’s vote that would have required monitoring companies in the municipality to verify all alarms via a private security officer before dispatching alarms to the police. It’s a very restrictive form of verified response that could have had huge implications for the security industry had it gone through, officials said.
DETROIT—Authorities here have teamed with the Security Industry Alarm Coalition and the Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan to enact an enhanced call verification policy to help reduce false alarms. The ECV policy went into effect Dec. 1 and, according to SIAC, resolves a situation that could have gone very badly for the industry.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A new campaign here to combat false fire alarms involves not only local fire departments, but the alarm industry, with officials saying installers can play a role in reducing unintentional alarms.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Bill Cooper, an ADT industry liaison manager who is chairman of the Coordinated Alarm Reduction Effort for the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, regarding the initiative announced Oct. 28.