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Public Safety Updates

DateStateCityHeadline
12.08.18BCBritish ColumbiaProvince considering new rules around carbon monoxide alarms
12.8.18 - Globalnews.ca - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the province is exploring what more can be done to get more carbon monoxide alarms installed in homes and ...
12.05.18CTNew MilfordNew Milford considers fines for false fire, burglary alarms
12.5.18 - Laredo Morning Times - New Milford - The police department handles hundreds of burglary false alarms each year, but a new alarm ordinance could reduce that number.
11.28.18 CTNew MilfordNew Law Would Fine False Fire, Burglary Alarms in New Milford
11.28.18 - Patch.com - New Milford, CT - A proposed ordinance would levy fees on residents and business owners who call in false burglary or fire alarms, the News Times is ...
11.23.18WATacomaNew fines in Tacoma for false fire alarms, 911 nonemergency calls ...
11.23.18 - The News Tribune - The 2019-20 Tacoma city budget - approved Tuesday by the City Council- includes two new fines. The first is a $150 penalty for a false fire alarm at a ...
11.21.18WVJefferson CountyPrevalence of false alarm calls remains high
11.21.18 - Port Townsend Leader - The number of unwarranted alarm calls has declined but remains high following the passage of a Jefferson County ordinance which aims to prevent the number ...
11.21.18WVWheelingWheeling Police seeing a reduction of false alarm calls over last two ...
11.21.18 - WTRF - Wheeling, WV - The Wheeling Police Department responds to every burglar alarm whether it is valid or false. In fact, only about less than one percent of all ...
11.19.18VABerryvilleBerryville speed monitoring signs could be slowing drivers
11.19.18 - The Winchester Star - Statistics also show that police have responded to 162 security alarms so far this year. The number of such responses climbed from eight in September to 22 in ...
11.17.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs committee aiming to end false alarms
11.17.18 - MDJOnline.com - Members of Sandy Springs' new alarm advisory committee said the city is making progress in communicating with alarm companies regarding the city's false ...
11.15.18MABarnstableBarnstable Police Remind Burglar Alarm Users to Renew Registration
11.15.18 - CapeCod.com News - HYANNIS – Barnstable Police are reminding commercial and residential burglar alarm users to renew their registrations by the end of the year. Renewal forms ...
11.14.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs prepares for new alarm ordinance
11.14.18 - FOX 5 Atlanta - Sandy Springs, Ga. - Sandy Springs Police and alarm companies are working to get on the same page with the city's new alarm ordinance coming in June.
11.1.18OHDaytonSmart home security systems credited for helping decrease in false ...
11.1.18 – MyDaytonDailyNews - Tougher rules and stiffer penalties have been partly credited with helping with a dramatic decrease in false burglar alarms in the Dayton area, which according ...
11.09.18CAHuntington BeachHB police chief proposes program to try to cut false alarms
11.9.18 - Los Angeles Times - Citing high numbers of false alarm burglary calls from businesses and residents eat up time for the Huntington Beach Police Department, Chief Robert Handy is ...
11.07.18ORNewportProblem 911 callers will now be charged
11.7.18 - Newport News Times - “Each time an alarm goes off, it requires 15 to 30 minutes of time by either the police or fire department to respond,” said City Manager Spencer Nebel. “For fire ...
10.30.18NEOmahaFireworks, false alarms targeted by county ordinances
10.30.18 - Omaha World Herald - The second would impose financial penalties on persons or businesses whose alarm systems send more than five false alarms to the sheriff's office during the ...
10.26.18SCGreenvilleGPD: New alarm ordinance to improve police readiness & public safety
10.26.18 - FOX Carolina - Greenville, S.C (Fox Carolina) - The City of Greenville has approved changes to significantly reduce the number of false burglar alarm activations requiring ...
10.23.18GAAragonAragon council approves lease on more mill pond area
10.23.18 - Northwest Georgia News - The council also chose to table a first reading of a false alarm ordinance for review by Aragon's Municipal Court Judge Terry Wheeler. The forthcoming ...
10.22.18NMAlbuquerqueFalse Fire Alarm Enforcement Set to Begin in Albuquerque, NM
10.22.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Albuquerque, N.M. - In an effort to reduce a preponderance of false fire alarms each year, the Albuquerque Fire Rescue is preparing to enforce an alarm ...
10.19.18NMAlbuquerqueAFR to begin tracking false alarms and fining offenders
10.19.18 - KRQE News 13 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Has the fire department been called to a false alarm at your home or business? Then you're contributing to a growing problem.
10.18.18LAJeff Davis ParishFirst responders receive numerous false alarm calls in Jeff Davis Parish
10.18.18 - KATC Lafayette News - First responders are getting more false alarm calls in Jeff Davis Parish. According to the sheriff's office, only two calls out of 557 this year were valid. Officials say ...
10.16.18VAChesapeakeAutomated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) Adopted in Chesapeake, Va.
10.16.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Pittsburgh - The City of Chesapeake, Va., is the latest municipality to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), according to Vector Security.
10.13.18WVWheelingFalse Alarm Calls On The Decline - Police attribute $55,000 in fines
10.13.18 WHEELING — After assessing $55,000 in fines for false alarm calls, city police have experienced a 14 percent drop in alarm calls during the past 12 months
10.12.18OHRacineFalse alarms could cost security system owners in Ohio town
10.12.18 - WSAZ-TV - Part of the problem comes from a growing load of calls from security systems which are false alarms. Hill estimates there have been 25 so far this year.
10.12.18GAMiltonEscalating Fine Schedule Now Part of Milton (Ga.) Alarm Ordinance
10.12.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Milton, Ga. - The Milton (Ga.) City Council has revised its monitored alarm ordinance to clarify when police will dispatch, along with adopting an escalating
10.10.18ABWetaskiwinCounty of Wetaskiwin sees alarm calls increase
10.10.18 - Pipestone Flyer - “If the alarm is going off, it's for a reason,” said Zajac at his office Sept. 19. He said departments respond to all alarms and the departments have seen a higher ...
10.09.18OHRacineRacine looking to implement fee for repeated false alarms
10.9.18 - Daily Sentinel - Racine - Racine Village Council recently approved a second reading of an ordinance which will assess a fee for repeated false fire alarm calls. Under the ...
10.04.18PALower MerionLower Merion Township Alarm Registration Fees Increase by 4 Percent
10.4.18 - TAPinto.net - Ardmore, Pa - Lower Merion Township officials raised the annual fee for registering security alarm systems by 4 percent. At a public meeting of the township ...
10.01.18FLBrandentonBradenton cracks down on false alarms
10.1.18 - WWSB ABC 7 - Bradenton, FL. - The City of Bradenton is cracking down on false alarm calls. City officials call the false alarms costly and time consuming
09.28.18MAPittsfieldPittsfield councilors find 'gray area' in false alarm enforcement
9.29.18 - Berkshire Eagle - He said high-functioning alarm systems can yield false alarms, too — detecting things like rodents' movements and fluctuations in air flow — and he's not sure ...
09.27.18NLNewfoundland & LabadorAfter years of delays, NL axes plan to charge fees for security system ...
9.27.18 - CBC.ca - The Newfoundland and Labrador government has backtracked on a plan to impose fees on security system owners for false or cancelled alarms — a plan that ...
09.26.18MAPittsfieldPittsfield Council Gets Into Weeds of False Alarm Ordinance
9.26.18 - iBerkshires.com - The Police Department had come to the council with a fairly straightforward request: require those with burglar alarms to register with the city annually
09.24.18TXCollege StationCollege Station Council Approves New Fire False Alarm Fees
9.24.18 - WTAW - The College Station fire department has the green light from the city council to charge fees to the owners of business properties and multi family structures who ...
09.17.18OKOklahoma CityOK: #OKC CivicLife for Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
9.17.18 - NewsOK.com - The police department will negotiate a contract with a software company, Superion, to handle alarm permits and collections for excessive false alarms.
09.17.18CARiversideRiverside police start online site for security alarm users
9.17.19 - Press-Enterprise - The Riverside Police Department has started an online site for security alarm users to manage their alarms, including buying a permit, paying penalties, and ...
09.15.18 OHLisbonTownship left with the bills for jail's false alarms
9.15.18 - Morning Journal News - For years, inmates have regularly broken sprinkler heads or pulled fire alarms, and each time the fire department sends firefighters and a truck, which can cost ...
09.14.18MAPittsfieldNorthport looking at increase in fees for responding to false alarms
9.11.18 – Newsday - Faulty alarm systems could soon cost Northport residents and business owners more money, significantly more money if there are repeated false alarms in a ...
09.13.18ONTorontoNew burglar alarm policy raises concerns for some Toronto residents
9.13.18 - CTV News - Police in Canada's most populous city have changed how they respond to burglar alarms in an attempt to use officers' time more efficiently, but the new policy ...
09.13.18NYNorthportNY village may increase false alarm fees
9.13.18 - SecurityInfoWatch - Faulty alarm systems could soon cost Northport residents and business owners more money, significantly more money if there are repeated false alarms in a ...
09.11.18NYNorthportNorthport looking at increase in fees for responding to false alarms
9.11.18 – Newsday - Faulty alarm systems could soon cost Northport residents and business owners more money, significantly more money if there are repeated false alarms in a ...
09.11.18NYNorthportSuffolk County Town Ready To Hit Residents With Huge Fees For ...
9.11.18 - CBS New York - Northport, NY - Get ready to fork over big time fees in one Long Island village. Officials are fed up with faulty alarm systems in homes and ...
09.11.18SCGreenvilleGreenville looks to strengthen false-alarm ordinance
9.11.18 - Greenville Journal - The Greenville Police Department responded to nearly 3,400 alarms during the first eight months of 2018, according to department officials. Because the police ...
09.10.18ONTorontoToronto police will no longer respond to burglar alarms without proof ...
9.10.18 - Toronto Star - Toronto police say they will no longer respond to burglar alarms unless evidence of criminal activity is provided, citing an internal review that showed about 97 ...
09.10.18CAAlamedaAlameda to charge for false fire alarms
East Bay Times - Alameda - False fire alarms take up time for firefighters who respond, and soon will literally cost money for those who may be responsible for the alarms.
09.07.18SKReginaNew proposed fire bylaw changes include false alarm, inspection fees
9.7.18 - Regina Leader-Post - Proposal: Fees for responding to false alarms due to a malfunctioning alarm or security systems mistakenly routed to RFPS. A warning letter will be issued after ...
09.05.18LALafayetteLPD wants to remind residents, businesses about alarm ordinance
9.5.18 - KATC Lafayette News - Lafayette City Police want to remind residents and business owners in the city of the city's alarm ordinance. The ordinance has been in effect since the 1990s, ...
08.30.18GABrookhavenBrookhaven pauses enforcing false alarm ordinance targeting security ...
8.30.18 - Reporter Newspapers- Alarm companies got a stay on being required to pay fines on false alarms in Brookhaven after the City Council decided to hold off enforcement of its new false ...
08.28.18CTMeridenCouncilors back new fee plan for fire department services in Meriden
8.28.18 - Meriden Record-Journal - Morgan said the department recently found an ordinance in the City Charter allowing fees following the fourth false alarm, an ordinance the department has ...
08.27.18TNMemphisFalse Alarm Fine Increase Led to Reduction in Dispatches, Memphis ...
8.27.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Memphis, TN - City officials here are crediting an increase in false alarm fines with a reduction in police dispatches to nuisance alarms. According to city ...
08.24.18ABAlbertaAB: If the alarm rings: RCMP may not answer
8.24.18 - Edson Leader - New Alberta RCMP policy says if a security alarm is only triggered once, they won't ... According to a press release, the RCMP say most alarms that are only ...
08.24.18TNMemphisTN: Higher fines lead to fewer false alarm calls
8.24.18 - WMC Action News 5 - City of Memphis said a crackdown on false alarms is keeping more police on the streets instead of checking out bogus calls.
08.17.18ABAlbertaAB: Alberta RCMP Revises False Alarm Dispatch Plan
8.17.18 - HighRiverOnline.com - As of July 13, the RCMP will no longer be responding to property alarms that are only triggered once, instead choosing to verify the status of the building with the ...
08.16.18WARentonWA: Renton police consider $250 fines for false alarms
8.16.18 - KIRO Seattle - Renton, Wash. - Renton police say they're wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money by responding to false alarms. KIRO 7 Reporter ...
08.14.18ABAlbertaAB: Alberta RCMP change alarm response policy to free up resources
8.14.18 - CBC.ca - RCMP in Alberta are no longer responding to alarms that are triggered just once, saying the practice has not been a good use of resources. "With one-hit alarms, ...
08.09.18BCPentictonPolice call BC pharmacy's use of panic button 'unnecessary'
8.9.18 -North Delta Reporter - When should a panic alarm be used to notify police? Pharmacist Joelle Mbamy and RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager have differing opinions on the matter, following ...
08.02.18GAMiltonGA: Milton moves to update city alarm ordinance
8.2.18 - Atlanta Journal Constitution - The Milton City Council has had a first reading of an updated alarm ordinance that revises fines for false alarms and details how security monitoring companies ...
08.02.18OHLorainOH: Ohio Municipality Adopts False Alarm Ordinance, Dealers Must ...
8.2.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Lorain, Ohio - The City Council here has unanimously passed an alarm ordinance aimed at cutting down on false alarms from security systems in homes and ...
08.01.18INRipleyIN: Ripley Co. Commissioners Pass False Alarm Ordinance
8.1.18 - Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - The Ripley County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that county commissioners have passed an ordinance regarding false alarm calls for both residences ...
07.31.18OHLorainMI: Lorain Council votes unanimously to approve rezoning to lure VA back
7.31.18 - Chronicle Telegram - Colon said the percentage of times the call is actually a false alarm as opposed to a real one is probably closer to 90 percent because if an officer adds ...
07.31.18ABAlbertaRCMP false alarm policy changed
7.31.18 - Sherwood Park News - In 2017, Alberta RCMP received close to 15,500 false alarm calls that were equal to almost 8,000 “human resources hours that could have been dedicated to ...
07.25.18NVRenoPhone Scam Involving The “City Alarm Program” Making The Rounds
7.25.18 - KKOH -Police say the scam works like this: A resident gets a call from someone claiming to be with the “City Alarm Program,” and told there is a fine owed at the ...
07.24.18LAMauriceVillage of Maurice to decide on false fire alarm ordinance
7.24.18 - KLFY - Maurice Fire Chief Matthew Trahan says, "If I'm not mistaken in the year of 2017, there were close to 600 false alarms. This is a very high cost to operations as ...
07.22.18NSHalifaxHalifax takes $690K in new false-alarm fee, but doesn't silence the bells
7.22.18 - CBC.ca - New fines for false-alarm emergency calls have brought in $690,000 to the Halifax Regional Municipality in less than a year, but haven't reduced the
07.20.18 FLOrlandoOrlando poised to require smoke alarms in rental homes after spate of ...
7.20.18 - Orlando Sentinel - On Monday, the Orlando City Council will vote to make property maintenance codes stricter for landlords, including a requirement that smoke alarms must be in ...
07.20.18 ILRockfordRockford Fire responded to over 160 false alarm calls in June alone
7.20.18 - MyStateline.com - First responders precious time is often tied up with false alarms. Just in June, the department responded to 164 calls that turned out to be false alarms -- that's the ...
07.18.18NYSuffolkNY: Suffolk Legislature July 17 Meeting Agenda: Funding for Public Safety ...
7.18.18 - LongIsland.com - ... Improving the Alarm System Permitting Law to allow County residents who have failed to register their alarm to have the first time false alarm fee waived; …
07.17.18VTBellows FallsExcessive police calls prompt ordinance review
7.17.18 - Brattleboro Reformer - The Bellows Falls village ordinance committee will try to tackle that issue in the ... if they hear water running, or if they hear an alarm going off, the chief said.
07.13.18NYLong IslandFine surprises homeowner after outage sets off unregistered burglar ...
07.11.18CAMercedMerced police say 90 percent of these calls are 'false alarms.' Police ...
07.11.18SCHorry Countyhttps://www.wbtw.com/news/grand-strand/horry-county-plagued-by-false-alarms-new-position-aims-to-cut-down-on-problem/1296799170
07.03.18CAMercedCA: Central California City Implements False Alarm Reduction Program
07.02.18GAFort MadisonCarbon Monoxide Alarm law now in effect
06.29.18TXAbileneCity of Abilene Alarm System Policy
06.20.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs alters alarm law again, requiring video, audio evidence
06.19.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs revises false alarm ordinance
06.19.18CAChicoCity moves ahead with false fire alarm fees
06.15.18CASeal BeachCouncil approves new fee increases for city services
06.06.18FLTampa BayAudit: Within 3 years, 93 percent of intrusion alarms in Tampa were false
06.06.18VTRutlandCity landlords challenge fire alarm fees
05.30.18TXPflugervillePflugerville ISD will remove fire alarm levers following Parkland shooting