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Municipality ponders private security officer response to all alarms

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12/15/2010

SHAWNEE, Kan.—Police officials here were putting together a proposal for the Shawnee City Council’s vote that would have required monitoring companies in the municipality to verify all alarms via a private security officer before dispatching alarms to the police. It’s a very restrictive form of verified response that could have had huge implications for the security industry had it gone through, officials said.

Toronto zero-tolerance rule raising alarm

City shocked by residents disconnecting fire alarms to avoid fines
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12/09/2010

TORONTO—A zero-tolerance false alarm regulation here is raising concerns within the industry because residents are reportedly disconnecting their fire alarms to avoid fines of more than $1,000.

Detroit enacts enhanced call verification

SIAC, local association, municipality work together for change
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12/09/2010

DETROIT—Authorities here have teamed with the Security Industry Alarm Coalition and the Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan to enact an enhanced call verification policy to help reduce false alarms. The ECV policy went into effect Dec. 1 and, according to SIAC, resolves a situation that could have gone very badly for the industry.

Industry joins fire false-alarm battle

Efforts in Kentucky will be taken nationwide
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11/11/2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A new campaign here to combat false fire alarms involves not only local fire departments, but the alarm industry, with officials saying installers can play a role in reducing unintentional alarms.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Bill Cooper, an ADT industry liaison manager who is chairman of the Coordinated Alarm Reduction Effort for the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, regarding the initiative announced Oct. 28.

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