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Changes that the Paris City Council made earlier this year to the burglar alarm ordinance appear to have made a significant difference in false alarms.
“The permit holders have started paying closer attention to the maintenance of their alarm systems, along with being more aware of when the alarm is accidently set off,” Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Sunday.
“The numbers of false burglar alarms are still higher than we want to see, but we appreciate the fact that these call numbers are dropping,” Hundley said.
In the first 90 days after the amended ordinance went into effect on June 1, 2013, Hundley said, the number of false burglary alarm responses dropped to 321 from 411 in the same three-month period in 2012. That’s a reduction of 90 calls, or 22 percent.
Analysis of the calls for service indicates that no one alarm location has had more than five false alarms, Hundley added.
That’s well under the 12 false alarm calls that trigger costs for the alarm permit holder should police respond to a false alarm as defined by ordinance.
The police chief said 109 alarms were cancelled before officers were dispatched from June 1 through Aug. 31 of this year, compared to only 64 burglar alarms being cancelled during the same three-month period of 2012.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra