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Thieves Can Hack and Disable Some Home Alarm Systems

Here is a scary article from Wired magazine about different alarm systems that can be hacked. ...
August 08, 2014 by administrator

Henderson County, NC, Working on Alarm Ordinance

The Henderson County, NC, Sheriff's Dept. says they responded to over 2,000 false business and home alarm calls last year. Capt. Frank Stout says the false calls cost them about $50,000 last year and the sheriff's office would like to county to create...
November 25, 2013 by administrator

ABC Chicago Reports of Cut Phone Lines to Disable Alarms

Chicago's ABC affiliate reports on alarm systems that were rendered useless with thieves cut the phone line, allowing them to empty a pharmacy of all its narcotics stock. The video segment ends with advice to inform system's to include multiple communications...
November 22, 2013 by administrator

Middle Township, NJ, Reduces False Alarms by 31% with Ordinance

Middle Township, NJ, police officers have been responding to fewer false burglary alarm calls since a new program was implemented in 2010.That has meant that officers can focus their attention on other areas of law enforcement instead of responding to...
November 21, 2013 by administrator

Prescott Valley, AZ, to Pass Alarm Ordinance

The Prescott Valley, AZ, Town Council is poised to adopt an ordinance cracking down on false alarms, and add 135 acres within the Prescott Country Club to the town's boundaries.The council is scheduled to conduct the second reading of an ordinance on...
November 21, 2013 by administrator

Prescott, AZ, Alarm Ordinance Reduced False Dispatches 30 Percent

An ordinance that the City of Prescott, AZ, adopted two years ago in an attempt to reduce the time that police officers spend responding to false alarms continues to be refined by the City Council.In July 2011, the city implemented an ordinance that imposed...
August 30, 2013 by administrator

Appellate court upholds permanent injunction against Ill. fire district

Last week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling upholding a previous injunction against the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District which prohibits them from enforcing an ordinance that required fire alarm signals to be transmitted to...
August 30, 2013 by administrator

Surprize, AZ, Looks to Toughen Alarm Law

Surprise, AZ, will soon add some teeth to its false alarm ordinance.That much is clear after Police Chief Michael Frazier and Lt. Harold Brady, attorney for the Surprise Police Department, presented parameters for a tougher ordinance during Tuesday’s...
August 30, 2013 by administrator

Buffalo Grove, IL, Looks to Increase False Alarm Fines

Buffalo Grove, IL, is looking at increasing some of the village's fees and false-alarm fines.Over the summer, the village surveyed 15 nearby communities, including Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Wheeling and Elk Grove Village, to determine how the...
August 13, 2013 by administrator

Fire Alarm Monopoly in Illinois Can't Stand

A federal judge properly kept an Illinois fire district from replacing the private market in commercial alarm systems with a less safe monopoly system, the 7th Circuit ruled.In 2009, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District passed an ordinance under...
August 13, 2013 by administrator

Whittier, CA, Expected to Approve New Ordinance

On Aug 13, 2013, the Whittier City Council is expected to give final approval to tougher laws on false burglar alarms. Tentative approval took place July 23 with votes of 4-0. In a written report to the council, Police Chief Jeff Piper said the city's...
August 13, 2013 by administrator

Las Cruces, NM, False Alarm Fines Now in Effect, Enhanced Call Verification too

A Las Cruces, NM, ordinance regulating alarm systems for homes and commercial businesses went into effect in January, and the enforcement of fines began on August 1, 2013.For months, city police and fire department officials had been trying to develop...
August 13, 2013 by administrator

Conneaut, OH, Explores Alarm Ordinance

Alarms that send Conneaut police and firefighters on wild goose chases could have financial consequences if a new law before City Council is enacted, officials say.On the table is a measure that would assess fines for excessive, non-emergency alarms....
August 13, 2013 by administrator

Georgia Cities Enact Alarm Ordinances

The Georgia cities of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody are rolling out alarm registration programs as part of recently adopted false alarm ordinances.Atlanta officials sent a press release on July 29 reminding people to register their alarms as part...
August 13, 2013 by administrator

Mississippi Fire Marshall Warns of Scam Installers

Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is cautioning citizens to be aware of reports of unauthorized alarm system salesmen in the state.Chaney said the sale, installation and monitoring of all residential alarm systems in Mississippi...
July 23, 2013 by administrator

Richmond, VA, Requires Alarm System Registration

A false alarm reduction program is helping cut down on unneeded dispatches for Richmond, VA, Police.The city requires registering all alarm systems and the city could start to fine property owners after a certain amount of preventable false alarm calls.Those...
July 17, 2013 by administrator

N.C. House Votes 113-0 for CO Detector Requirement in Hotels

The N.C. House of Representatives voted 113-0 Thursday on an amendment that would require carbon monoxide detectors in lodging establishment statewide.The House was still considering other amendments Thursday afternoon and had not yet voted on the complete...
July 17, 2013 by administrator

Belton, TX, Looking at False Alarm Ordinance

Belton, TX, city officials would like to reduce the number of false alarms the police department responds to each year.In response to hundreds of false alarms annually in the city, the City Council is considering a draft ordinance requiring alarm systems...
July 17, 2013 by administrator

Horry County, SC, See Less False Alarms After Ordinance

Horry County, SC, officials believe their program to limit the number of false alarms from businesses and homes is working.A false alarm reduction program that began in February has resulted in more than 510 letters and collected more than $12,000 in...
July 17, 2013 by administrator

Springfield, MO, Fines for Four or More False Alarms

The Springfield, MO, Police Department is now billing residents whose alarm systems generate four or more false alarms.  A third-party ordinance administrator, PMAM, will take on the responsibility of sending bills to people who are being fined. "When...
July 17, 2013 by administrator

Denison, TX Ordinance Requires Alarm Registration

A new alarm ordinance in Denison, TX, requires all monitored and audible alarms, active within the city limits, to be registered with the police department.Police say alarm owners will receive one warning for no permit and any additional calls for a non-permitted...
July 17, 2013 by administrator

Lorain, OH, City Council Approves Fines for False Alarms

The Lorain, OH, City Council voted that owners of businesses or homes will be fined $25 when the police or fire departments have to respond to more than three false alarms at their properties in a year. Owners face $50 fines for the seventh and eighth...
June 18, 2013 by administrator

Lowell, MA, Council Does Not Want to Reimburse for Forced Purchase of Wireless Alarm Units

The Lowell, MA, City Council voted unanimously last summer to request that City Manager Bernie Lynch provide a report on how property owners who were forced to buy new fire-alarm boxes from only one company could recoup some of their costs.The request...
June 13, 2013 by administrator

Memphis May Toughen Alarm Laws

The Memphis, TN, City Council is considering tougher false alarm laws than ones currently in place."Twenty percent of the alarm users are causing 80 percent of the problems," said Memphis City Councilman Kemp Conrad.Here are the proposed changes:If you...
June 13, 2013 by administrator

Altoona, PA, May Charge for False Alarms

Altoona, PA, is tackling two issues at once raising money and cutting down on false alarms. On June 12 during the city council meeting, city officials tried to cut those numbers down by taking the first steps to charging people for making too many false...
June 13, 2013 by administrator

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