This summer I had a friend stay at my place while I was gone. Oh it was gonna be nice to allow my friend to enjoy my home! Nice, but forgetting to give him the alarm code cost me 90 bucks.
However, one can get the $90 fee waived if they attend a “false alarm class” at SPD HQ. It’s pretty comical, but I got some good nuggets of info I thought I might share.
- 98% of all alarms are false
- False alarms cost the city $1.2 million a year
- Majority of false alarms are at homes that have 1-2 a year
- Response rate to a burglary alarm averages 40 mins! This is b/c 98% of alarms are false.
- Out of 14,000 alarms police responded to, 330 were actual break ins and 32 resulted in arrests
- Use your panic button for quicker response.
- Consider using private guard through your alarm provider as they can come by and check on your alarm before police do.
- If your neighbor calls in your alarm, it’s not a false alarm. Maybe hire your neighbor??
Basically, the police have a low tolerance for alarms and don’t respond quickly. In fact, he said when the power goes out, they usually don’t respond at all (alarms are triggered when the power goes back on).