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NCJ Number: 78367 Find in a Library
Title: Intruder Alarms - The Police Policy
Journal: Police Journal  Volume:54  Issue:3  Dated:(July-September 1981)  Pages:250-262
Author(s): S E Bailey
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This British paper traces the development of alarm systems with which police are involved, examines recent developments in the alarm industry, and pinpoints those problems with the use of alarms that affect police in order to put into perspective plans for future operation in this area.
Abstract: The first central office burglar alarm operation appeared in the United States during the mid-19th century. Burglar alarms began to be used in England during the early 1900's, and further development was rapid. Although intruder alarm systems continue to have a valuable role to play in protecting property in Britain, numerous problems regarding their use have arisen. One of the greatest problems affecting police forces is the unacceptably high false alarm rate for intruder alarms. Additional studies are needed on the false alarm rate in order to gather more accurate statistics from which a solution can be found. Police forces are affected by false alarms in terms of their use of resources, their attitudes regarding the reliability of an emergency call, and the reaction of the public to a persistently ringing alarm. There should be a clear understanding of minimal police requirements regarding alarm systems, and alarm companies and the police should work to the British Standard BS4737 as an acceptable minimum level. Police should discontinue responding to alarm systems that create too many false calls, and alarm systems currently in use should be updated. Deficiencies in the 999 autodialler transmission system are identified, and suggestions for its improvement and for police response policies are outlined. No references are cited.
Index Term(s): Alarm systems; England; False alarms; Intrusion detectors; Police attitudes; Police responsibilities; Policy; Security codes and ordinances
Note: Paper presented at IFSSEC 1981.
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