Detroit to consider verified response policy

Detroit is at the nascent stage of considering a verified response policy for burglar alarms. The Detroit News reports that Detroit City Council’s President Pro Tem Gary Brown has indicated he plans to put forth an ordinance which would require alarms be verified by the alarm company before police would be dispatched to the scene.

Brown stated in the article that Detroit suffers from a high false alarm rate, with approximately 95 percent of alarms being false (this number falls in line with what is seen industry-wide and in other municipalities).

The Detroit News reported that a simialr plan had been considered in 2003. Other cities like Salt Lake City, Dallas and Fremont, Calif., have implemented similar ordinances.

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