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Appeals Court upholds Sandy Springs ordinance fining alarm companies

July 22, 2020SSN Staff

FRISCO, Texas—The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a controversial ordinance enacted by the city of Sandy Springs, Ga., that fines alarm companies for false alarm generated by their customers.The Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association (GELSSA), A-Com Security Co. LLP and Safecom Security Solutions Inc. were the plaintiffs in the case.The legal challenge was organized by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), which has managed all aspects of the effort, from...

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Monitoring Matters

AvantGuard links false alarm spike with presidential alert

October 10, 2018Spencer Ives

OGDEN, Utah—Last week, on Oct. 3, there was a test of the Presidential Alert system, which went out to televisions and radio as well as mobile phones. AvantGuard Monitoring, based here, noticed that there was a spike of false alarms—including glass break sensors and PERS button presses—linked to the test. “Oftentimes, [when] we see a spike in a certain kind of alarms, they're related to a storm or a localized natural disaster, and it generally affects a certain type of alarm...

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New California bill protects alarm companies from false alarm fines

August 23, 2017Spencer Ives

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.—California Gov. Jerry Brown on July 31 signed AB 1616 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian into law, bringing false alarm fines to the alarm permit holders, not alarm companies, unless the alarm company is responsible.“This bill would prohibit an alarm company operator or an alarm agent from being liable for civil penalties and fines assessed by a city, county, or city and county for false alarms not attributed to alarm company operator error, improper installation of...

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The approach to false alarms

August 23, 2017Spencer Ives

Here at Security Systems News, we cover a variety of topics related to the physical security industry. As a result, we get to track trends in the industry; we see when they first come up and we see when they become more prevalent. The matter of false alarms is one that I can say I've been watching since I started with SSN. Some municipalities have sought to fine alarm companies for users' false alarms. In late 2014, shortly after I joined the publication, I was speaking with the Security Industry...

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Sandy Springs considers fining dealers for false alarms

July 12, 2017Paul Ragusa, Editor

The new Sandy Springs, Ga. alarm ordinance, which is set to be voted on July 18, is alarming many in the security industry as it looks to force alarm dealers to pay their subscriber's false alarm fees and fines. “This makes as much sense as a car rental company being responsible for paying your speeding tickets if you get caught speeding in their car,” Dan Gordon, president of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association (GELSSA), and owner of Ga.-based Gordon Security,...

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New Orleans looks toward CryWolf

September 23, 2015Spencer Ives

New Orleans is looking at outsourcing its false alarm fine management and collections to CryWolf False Alarm Solution from Maryland-based Public Safety Corp, according to a report from The Times - Picayune for Greater New Orleans. This particularly interested me because, just last week, I spoke with SIAC's executive director, Stan Martin, about the process of automating false alarm fine collections, following a report that Pittsburgh was considering it. When talking with Martin he said it was a great...

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Chico revises ordinance, stops fining alarm companies

April 8, 2015Spencer Ives

In October, the City of Chico, Calif., passed an ordinance to fine alarm companies for false alarm dispatches. The California Alarm Association and SIAC responded, citing precedence in Fontana, Calif., where a similar ordinance was overturned. Now, the City of Chico has opted toward the standard action of fining alarm users for false alarms. Jon Sargent in November told Security Systems News that SIAC remained available to help revise the ordinance. SIAC is pleased with the outcome, Stan Martin,...

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SIAC follows up with Carson City

February 11, 2015Spencer Ives

About two months ago, Security Systems News spoke with Steve Keefer, national law enforcement liaison for SIAC, about the unique way the Carson City Sheriff's Department approaches false alarms; by utilizing volunteers. Since, Keefer followed up with this sheriff's office and found that while false alarms have dropped, it is difficult to determine how the volunteers were involved. Upon looking at the figures over all reductions, “I told the sheriff, 'I bet you're close to a fifty percent reduction...

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Volunteers fighting false alarms in Nevada

December 9, 2014Spencer Ives

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The sheriff's office here is using volunteers to reduce false alarm dispatches, an approach new to the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, SIAC says.The Carson City Sheriff's Office started the program at least five years ago, but SIAC hadn't heard about it until recently, Steve Keefer, western U.S. law enforcement liaison for SIAC, told Security Systems News.These volunteers, currently just two who speak with repeat false alarm offenders to discuss ways to reduce the number...

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CAA fights Chico on ordinance

November 24, 2014Spencer Ives

CHICO, Calif.—The California Alarm Association (CAA) and the Sacramento Area Alarm Association (SAAA) are filing a lawsuit against the city of Chico, Calif., after the city on Oct. 21 unanimously passed an ordinance that fines alarm companies for false alarms.“Here's the bottom line: Innocent parties are being fined for the conduct of others that's beyond their control, and that's the core of why we have to fight this, and we can't allow this to take place anywhere.” Jon Sargent,...

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