AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING POLICE RESPONSE TO YOUR ALARM SYSTEM!!!

Sandy Springs, GA is currently spending your tax dollars defending an ordinance that fines alarm companies for false alarms generated by the owners/users of these systems. This has been compared to sending an auto manufacturer, such as Ford, someone’s speeding ticket. Soon, the city plans to stop responding to alarms that are not confirmed by either video, audio or an eye witness. 

 

“Effective June 19, 2019, alarm companies must provide true verification through audio, video or in-person verification, and prior to calling 911.” 

 

City of Sandy Springs

 

The city already is delaying dispatches by forcing alarm companies to call a number at a screening desk to verify various items before sending it on to the 911 dispatch center. Under this new policy of "verification," no dispatch will take place until a crime in progress, or probable crime in progress, has been verified. In other words, unless you have video and/or audio surveillance covering virtually all known break-in points, or have a guard/eye-witness respond first, you will not receive a police response unless you personally call 911. 

 

This practice of "Verified Response" has been around for more than 15 years and yet only about 34 of 18,000 cities have used some form of it. Ten of those have of reversed their position as it has been rejected by citizens for many reasons.

 

The city of San Jose, California recently dropped this controversial and ill-advised policy after an increase in crime. Dallas, Texas tried verified response and quickly repealed the policy due to citizen complaints about crime. The city also believed it would be difficult to attract new businesses to the city without police response to alarms.

 

The city of Sandy Springs should adopt and enforce the Model Alarm Ordinance which has been implemented nationwide. When enforced, it dramatically reduces calls for service from alarm sites.

 

The Model Alarm Ordinance has been proven to save police resources and help schools, homes, places of worship, and businesses protect lives and property. It is supported by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs' Association and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. 

 

If your school, church, business or home is protected by an alarm system now is the time to contact city officials and tell them police response to alarms is a vital public safety function and reducing false alarms should not come at the expense of police response.

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