While the number of false alarms has decreased since the ordinance began, police continue to respond to more than 10,000 false alarm calls each year, Kraun said. She adds that an estimated 19 percent of false alarms were from unregistered users in 2016.
“There is a real cost associated with excessive false alarms in terms of personnel time and resources,” Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said in a statement. “Currently, the homeowner bears 100 percent of the responsibility related to registration and maintenance. ... With the increased accountability, public safety resources can be spent on serving the community.”
Sandy Springs will host information sessions for alarm companies to help educate them on adopted changes. A roll-out period was also suggested, providing companies with several months to ensure all customers were properly registered.
The proposed changes will come before the city council for approval during its May 16 meeting.
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