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Public Safety

False Security Alarms

HOW TO PREVENT FALSE SECURITY ALARMS

DON'T CRY WOLF

Alarms indicate an emergency and demand immediate police response. Other calls must then wait and be handled in the order of their importance after the alarm call.

Statistics have shown over 98% of all alarms are false, and of those over 90% are due to user error. This figure is growing at a staggering rate and your false alarm can help to contribute to the problem.

Due to the potential dangers involved in responding to each alarm, it is necessary to send at least two police officers. Such response allows for the possibility of crime to occur elsewhere.

Throughout the nation, cities and counties are dealing with alarm abusers by passing stringent burglary alarm ordinances. The consequence is that these police departments either no longer respond to establishments with an excessive false alarm rate, or they are fined heavily. Every police department would like to avoid finding themselves in this type of situation, and we are asking you to help.

HOW TO PREVENT FALSE ALARMS

Insure all employees who operate your alarm system are familiar with its operating instructions. Most false alarms occur for the following reasons:

1. Failing to insure all other occupants are out of the protected areas prior to arming.

2. Re-entering the area after arming (i.e. to retrieve a forgotten item) and not properly disarming the system.

3. Issuing keys to persons without giving them the alarm code.

4. Allowing office equipment with fans or other large moving parts to remain on, or leaving windows open, in areas protected by motion detectors.

5. Taking too long to enter or exit.

6. Entering the protected area by other than the designated entry door.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY ACTIVATE YOUR ALARM

1. Call your responding agency(Police or Security Company) immediately.

2. Tell them that the alarm was accidentally tripped. Give your location, your name, department/company and your alarm code.

3. Remain on the line until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

4. If you do not have the proper code, officers will be sent to verify your identity. Wait outside the entrance to the protected area, and have your identification ready.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact your local police department, Dept. Of Public Safety, or alarm company for scheduling training for your company/department, and if there is a repair needed for your alarm system, contact your alarm company.