posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:47 PM
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 a false alarm, according to Middle Township Police Chief Chris Leusner.
“The false alarm program has exceeded my expectations,” he said.
The program is intended to get people to register their alarms to maintain the reliability of and to properly use their systems. The ordinance, adopted by Township Committee in 2010, also includes permit fees, and fines for police having to respond to false alarms.
For each false alarm, two officers respond and spend an average of 25 minutes on scene. Now the officers are able to do other law enforcement tasks, thanks to the ordinance, Leusner said.
Since 2009, the program has resulted in a 31-percent reduction in false alarms, he said.
So far this year there have been just over 700 false alarms. From 2009 to 2010, there was a 4.7-percent decrease in false alarm calls, a 23.4-percent reduction from 2010-11, and from 2011-12, it went down by 6.7 percent.
Before putting in the place the new program in 2010, about 400 alarm systems were registered in the township. Today, the township has about 1,000 alarm systems signed up.