False alarms can sometimes get out of control. Alarm permits (for those cities who have them) help keep track of habitual false alarm calls. Alarm users / customers should make every effort of getting to know their system inside and out, which helps eliminate 90% of false alarms. According to one study 8-25% of calls for service are for false alarms.
It is estimated that annually there are 36 million false alarms in the United States costing about $1.8
billion (Blackstone, Hakim, and Spiegel, 2002). This means lots of police officers
could be shifted to more productive police work. But make no mistake about it, police can easily be enroute.
Alarm companies like ADT do a good job screening alarm calls. That’s why it is important to always know your alarm phone password. Every family member in the house should know it.
A verified police response greatly reduces the number of alarm
calls to police departments without imposing a danger to the public.
many ask, Why does it take the police so long to respond ? Read this blog here for my theory on that topic.
A lot of national research on this matter have been conducted by police
departments. The studies showed that alarm
response policies should be reviewed often to ensure that
the policy is achieving stated objectives and is cost effective.
This goes for not only Police calls, but ambulance and Fire Department. What frustrates me the most is when I am in a customer’s home signing them up for alarm service for the first time, I give them a healthy dose of education and orientation for their alarm system. The installer the next day also goes over the operation of their alarm system. But sometimes the elder/senior customers forget everything we tell them in a matter of days. Law Enforcement forgives and forgives but it’s really not that hard in my view to learn a 4 digit pin number to give over the phone. Sometimes customers just can’t make it to the phone in time.
So try to give our law enforcement and fire department heroes a helping hand by getting to know your system. Maybe one day alarm permits will be the thing of the past. But for now, they are in place to put conviction on habitual false alarms. What do you all think? leave your comments here.
This BLOG is written by Jimmy Maddox, employed by America’s Ultimate Security. The opinions and advise are strictly his and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the company, AUS Inc., ADT Security or any other company that may have been implied.