The city of Modesto announces that the police department will no longer respond to burglar alarm calls unless they are verified as an actual emergency. This comes on the heels of several false alarm prevention efforts, including a graduated fine program and alarm-reduction classes.
According to Rosalio Ahumada, a reporter with the Modesto Bee, Robert Write, owner of 1st Security & Sound of Modesto has publicly gone on record saying that he, too, wants to reduce false alarms, “but the department’s policy punishes the wrong people.”
”They need to penalize the people who are a problem and have false alarms, not everyone else,” says Wright.
Modesto police Lt. Gary Watts disagrees. He claims that the new policy will penalize the ones with false alarms.
”It was those with legitimate calls who were being punished,” says Watts.
The new policy will not affect response to alarms generated by panic, robbery, duress, and hold-up alarms. “Watts said these alarms will continue to be treated as high priority,” says Ahumada.
Modesto’s new verified response policy went into effect Nov. 8.