The Central Station Alarm Association announced recently that it was moving to a new location for the New Year. The ever busy, but accommodating Celia T. Besore, director of marketing & communications at CSAA sent me a pic of the new space, which unfortunately, will not post here. The original release is included below. The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) will start the new year in a new, larger office near its current location. The new address will be 8150 Leesburg Pike, Suite 700, Vienna, VA 22182. Phone and fax information remain the same. "The workload of the Association and the increase in staff to continue to offer quality services necessitated the relocation to new offices," said Steve Doyle, Executive Vice President of CSAA. "In addition, we are excited that the move to the new building allowed us to get extra space to host the Central Station Industry Museum. Given the current real estate market, it was the right time to make the move." added Doyle. CSAA's headquarters have been at 440 Maple Avenue East in Vienna since 1997.
As many of you know, one of the big problems faced by everyone involved in selling, installing, monitoring, owning and responding to security systems is false alarms. I produce a regular column for every issue of SSN called False Alarm Ordinance Watch in which various new false alarm ordinances from around the country are highlighted. This morning I came across a column from newsok.com that discussed the new ordinance in Yukon, Okla. It's fun and lighthearted and has a few funny ideas for how to spend your freebie false alarms... At first I was taken aback, because false alarms are a serious problem that cost taxpayers and communities time, resources and money, and the industry itself, in terms of bad PR. However, the idea of spending your freebie falses, and not wanting to "waste your free false alarms," to quote the column, got me thinking. In tough economic times, maybe responsible security and fire alarm system owners who don't use, or "spend," their own freebie falses should start a market in which they sell their unused freebie credits to those less fortunate... Hmmmm... You know, similar to how companies can buy and sell tax credits, and pollution credits. I think the creation of such a False Alarm Credit Exchange would help reduce the number of false alarms drastically since it would operate on a system of positive reinforcement, rewarding people for operating properly rather than punishing them for operating falsely... Such a system could even begin to take on characteristics of a real economy with false credits from areas that have a rampant false alarm problem being valued and traded more highly than communities that don't have much of a false alarm problem, thus producing a living and changing false alarm credit exchange rate... Just an idea... I welcome your comments. Or a piece of the action if you choose to implement this idea ;-)