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Preventing False Alarms

DID YOU KNOW: 98% of all alarm activations turn out to be false alarms?

It is up to you — the owner or operator — to be proactive and manage your alarm system in order to eliminate false alarms. This saves you valuable money in penalties and fines.

Being an owner or operator of an alarm  system, or an employee of a business that is equipped with an alarm, brings with it certain responsibilities. Alarm activations summon public safety to respond. Therefore, alarms should be completely reliable, and should only request police and fire dispatches in the event of an actual emergency.

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What Is A False Alarm?

  • For a Burglar or Holdup Alarms: A false alarms is notification of an alarm to law enforcement when the responding authority finds no evidence of criminal offense or attempted criminal offense.
  • For a Fire Alarm: The activation of any fire alarm system which results in a response by the fire department and which is caused by the negligence of intentional misuse of the fire alarm system by the owner, its employees, agents or any other activation of a fire alarm system not caused by heat, smoke or fire.

Why Are False Alarms A Problem?

  • Cost You: False alarms cost system users $$$ (see below for fees in your area).
  • Waste: False alarms waste valuable public safety resources.
  • Delay Response: False alarms can delay response when you really need it.
  • Complacency: Frequent false alarms tend to make responsders complacent. Complacency leads to carelessness. Carelessness injures law enforcement & firefighters.
  • Cry Wolf: Can desensitize the community to actual incidents and lead occupants and others to ignore the alarm when it goes off.
  • Can discourage use of alarms: False alarms make owners reluctant to use their system, exposing their home, facility or business ot fire and property damage.

SOURCE: http://alarmuser.org/faqs/

How Can I Reduce False Alarms?

There are several successful false alarm reduction techniques that have been proven to reduce the likelihood of false alarms.

  • Train all Users: Educate all alarm system users on the proper use of the alarm system.
  • Fix Any Problems: Schedule a service call if the alarm is not working properly.
  • Use ECV – Enhanced Call Verification: ECV is an alarm monitoring procedure requiring that a minimum of two calls be made to two different alarm user telephone numbers prior ot requesting public safety dispatch. Typically, one of the phone numbers is the alarm user’s cell phone.
  • Update Contact Info: Make usre the contact numbers on file with your alarm company are always up to date. Be proactive and add your alarm company’s phone number to your cell phone contact list.
  • If You Give Them A Key – Give Them the Codes: To avoid false alrms, ensure that persons with access to your location(Scheduled workers, Maintenace, Cleaners/ Cleaning Crews, House or Pet Sitters & Landscapers) have the proper temporary codes and passwords for your alarm system.
  • If You Give Them A Key – Give Them the Codes: To avoid false alrms, ensure that persons with access to your location(Scheduled workers, Maintenace, Cleaners/ Cleaning Crews, House or Pet Sitters & Landscapers) have the proper temporary codes and passwords for your alarm system.
  • Take Care With Pets: Talk to your alarm company about installing pet friendly devices or changing your system design to accommodate pets.
  • Check On Any Displays: Always ensure that hanging or moving decorations will not activate motion detectors, especially when heating systems come on.
  • Take Care When Rearranging: Before rearranging your furniture or putting up the new spring curtains or drapes, first determine whether the design change would interfere with the operation of your motion detctors.
  • Check Before Remodeling: Always contact your alarm company prior to starting any remodeling project. You need to work with your alrm company to make sure the remodeling process does not cause false alarms and that your system will continue to work properly after thw work is completed.
  • Check Your Batteries: Like all batteries, your backup has a useful lifeo of about 3 to 5 years, but that life may be shortened if you have had several power outages. Your systembatteyr should be checked annually, or after any storm related false alarms, by an alarm technician and replace when need.
  • Use Video or Audio Verification: WHen utilized in an electornic security application, it allows the monitroing center to either “hear” or “see” into the protected premise to determine if an intruder is present.

SOURCE: http://alarmuser.org/how-to-avoid-false-alarms/

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WHAT ARE FALSE ALARM FEES IN MY AREA?

East Baton rouge Parish False Alarm Ordiannce Fee Schedule*

False Alarm Count

Penalty/Fine

1-3

$0 (Counsel & Warning)

4

$25

5

$50

6

$75

7

$100

8

$125

9

$150

10

$175

11

$200

*Fees may very inf different states and parishes.

For questions about your false alarm citation or your alarm permit pelase contact one of the following Alarm Enforcement Divisions: