In an effort to reduce the number of false alarms experience by communities throughout the state, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association recently adopted a new alarm ordinance submitted by its Private Security Committee.
According to a press release issued by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, the ordinance calls for multiple call verification, as well as for the installation of alarm control panels that meet or exceed industry standards. A sub-committee of the Private Security Committee was also formed to present the ordinance to municipalities across the state.
Alarm industry officials, as well as members of the law enforcement community praised the CPCS ordinance.
In a prepared statement, Bob McVeigh, chairman of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Associationâ€™s Industry Affairs committee, called the ordinance a â€œwin-winâ€ for police, the alarm industry and consumers, as it will allow towns to address the issue of false alarms and implement an ordinance without having to do most of the work themselves.
In the same statement, Glastonbury Police Chief Tom Sweeney said that statewide implementation of the ordinance could reduce false alarm dispatches by as much as 100,000 per year.