The City of Atlanta is getting serious about false alarms – and they should. In 2012, there were 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which – a whopping 61,750 – were false alarms or alarms cancelled in route. These calls represented 6% of all 911 calls, and when you consider that each call takes an average of 20-30 minutes, you’re looking at the equivalent of 8-12 full time police officers that are dedicated to doing nothing except driving around chasing down false alarms. Pretty crazy.
Not sure that an amendment to the existing False Alarm Ordinance is going to change the fact that your mother-in-law may forget your code, or that the baby lost her mind just before you had a chance to reach the keypad… but the City of Atlanta is trying to do something about the problem. Check out the release below, and when you’re done, register your alarm!
In an effort to improve public safety and better allocate resources, the City has enacted a series of amendments to the existing False Alarm Ordinance. The new ordinance will take effect on September 15, 2013 and residents will have until February 1, 2014 to register without incurring an unregistered alarm penalty. Residents can register their alarm system for free online at www.crywolf.us/atlantaga/ or by calling 1-855-725-7102. There is a $150 fine for not registering an alarm. If an alarm is activated and it turns out to be false there is no fine, just a warning. The 2nd false alarm will result in a $50 fine to the homeowner. Fines will escalate for each false call thereafter.
The City of Atlanta’s False Alarm Program will be coordinated by CryWolf alarm monitoring service and software, designed and developed by Public Safety Corporation. CryWolf is a comprehensive false alarm tracking and billing system and has helped agencies across the country and in the Atlanta region reduce false alarms, increase collections, and improve administrative efficiency. The issuance of citations will be determined solely by the Atlanta Police Department.