posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 4:49 PM
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report to the council, Police Chief Jeff Piper said the city's current false alarm law was approved in 1986 and is outdated. He said his department worked with the California Alarm Association to update the city code concerning modern technicalities of burglar alarms.
Most of the false alarms the city responds to were caused by improperly installed equipment, poorly maintained systems and human error.
Piper said the new ordinance requires city permits for the installation of burglar alarms, instructions on how to notify police and update information on a facility, a system of revoking permits for ordinance violations and an appeals process for revocations.
It includes specific duties of alarm users and for the alarm company and sets higher fines for violations.
“Responding to an excessive number of false alarm calls places an undue burden on the city’s police resources and affects emergency response to more serious calls,” Piper said.