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Title: Alarm Systems Management - Alternative to Limited or Qualified Response to False Alarms
Corporate Author: Institute for Local Self Government
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 192
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Local Self Government
Berkeley, CA 94705
Lilly Endowment, Inc
Indianapolis, IN 46208
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The problems of false alarms ('falsing') among private burglar alarms is examined, and alternatives for ameliorating the excessive number of false alarms are discussed.
Abstract: The current and future growth of alarms for commercial and residential properties is documented, and the problem of falsing is explored. The consequences of falsing at its present rate are noted to be a greatly reduced police response rate for alarms, as well as sanctions against alarm owners. The different perspectives of falsing held by persons involved with burglar alarm systems are presented, including views held by police, alarm industry, insurance companies, and subscribers. Current efforts by cities to control false alarms are reviewed, and it is concluded that there is a need to develop a more comprehensive proactive alarm-management approach instead of reactive punitive legislation. Guidelines are provided for developing a community security master plan that can be applied to individual cities in assessing alarm management efforts. Various alarm management alternatives are presented which emphasize the proven approach of master planning. The alarm management alternatives are based on the assumption that more centralized authority is necessary for adequate control over falsing. This can be vested in either the private or public sector. The concluding discussions explore what future technology offers regarding alarm capability. This report is directed primarily toward public officials who may not be familiar with alarm technology, but who are or will be responsible for managing the public safety resources committed as a result of alarms. A glossary, various city ordinances regarding false alarms, the LEAA model ordinance, and the Los Angeles Police Department program are appended. The bibliography contains about 50 listings. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alarm systems; False alarms; Legislation; Police management
Note: One of six reports from the Institute's Alternatives to Traditional Public Safety Delivery Systems.
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