Milwaukee Votes to Require Guards to Respond to Burglar Alarms

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Burglar alarm companies will have to send trained security guards to check on alarms before police respond under an ordinance unanimously approved by the Milwaukee Common Council.

The law is designed to keep private citizens from verifying their own alarms, because a citizen checking in on his/her own home is considered hazardous in the case that the alarm was a real one.

Aldermen took the move Tuesday in the wake of Police Chief Nannette Hegerty's decision not to send officers to respond to alarms until a break-in has been confirmed.

Police have said 96 percent of alarm calls turn out to be false.

Alarm companies have argued that the requirement to hire security guards would boost their costs, and they would be forced to raise their prices.

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