Madison, Wisc., Approves Verified Response Proposal

Madison, Wisc., has gone verified. The Madison City Council last night voted 14-3 to approve an earlier amendment that proposed alarm verification.

The city will now require that security alarm signals be verified before police will respond. The amendment, even as late in the process as last night's vote, was protested by a variety of business owners and those from the alarm industry.

The amendment, however, was endorsed by the city's police chief Noble Wray, who saw the need for the ordinance as a man-hours issue, and by Madison's Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

The ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2007, giving the alarm industry and homeowners time to organize with verification services and update call lists to better aid alarm signal verification.