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Recognizing the need to reduce requests for police response to baseless alarm activations, Glen Mowrey of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) appeared before the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) to discuss initiatives begun by several states to manage and reduce the number of false burglar alarm activations. CPCA then tasked their Private Security Committee to develop an overall approach to alarm management and to create the model ordinance. The result was the adoption of the model ordinance by CPCA which provides for direct alarm reduction initiatives, encourages multiple call verification and encourages installation of alarm control panels which meet or exceed ANSI SIA-CP-01 standards for all new installations and panel replacements.
Additionally, a sub-committee of the Private Security Committee was created to present this ordinance to towns throughout Connecticut as a proactive solution to false alarm dispatches.
Bob McVeigh, chairman of the Industry Affairs committee for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, said, "This is a win-win for police, consumers and the alarm industry. This ordinance makes it easier for towns in Connecticut to adopt a position on false alarm dispatches because, through the ordinance, all of the legwork has been done. Many thanks to the CPCA who has shown their willingness to work with alarm dealers and citizens within their communities."
Echoing McVeigh's enthusiasm, Chief Tom Sweeney of the Glastonbury Police Department said, "Statewide implementation of the model ordinance, coupled with effective alarm management follow through, has the real potential to eliminate over 100,000 needless dispatches each year."
Throughout the past four years, twelve state chief's associations have established alarm management programs to address false alarm dispatches. These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
"We're excited that the CPCA adopted this ordinance because it creates a relationship between alarm companies and the police, which allows us to work together toward a positive solution to false alarm dispatches," said Glen Mowrey, SIAC representative. "We're definitely moving in the right direction."
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