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Elderly Residents in Wisconsin Billed $7K for False Fire Alarms

Two elderly residents living in the same senior apartment complex in Pewaukee, Wis., have each received bills of more than $7,000 for false fire alarms. The 88-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against…

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In the 2011 Law Enforcement Security Industry Study, police and sheriffs provided tips on how alarm companies can strengthen their relationships with law enforcement. Read on to see the responses. Scott Goldfine · July 26, 2011

The city council here unanimously voted to fine home and business owners for more than three false fire alarms that are responded to by the city’s fire department within a calendar year ... December 28, 2010

Problems with entering and exiting buildings continue to trigger the most false alarms, and only increased their prominence in 2010. December 15, 2010

The city of Louisville has launched an education campaign aimed at promoting alarm system maintenance to reduce the number of false fire alarms ... November 02, 2010

Giving priority response to enhanced video alarms is gaining traction in Boston and New York and could soon be approved statewide in Iowa and elsewhere, according to advocates who want the concept adopted as a law enforcement classification. By Rodney Bosch · February 28, 2010

When the fight against false alarms first began, many throughout the security industry ignored the warning signs of escalating alarm dispatches and wrongly assumed the benefit to the consumer and community outweighed the resulting increased use of law enforcement response. December 31, 2009

The Minnesota Humane Society has received a fire alarm and installation donation from Silent Knight and Mankato, Minn.-based security and life safety integrator Spectrum Systems to help protect animals at its regional pet center. December 29, 2009

In September's "Fire Side Chat" we talked about false alarms and how they can overwhelm public agencies, such as firefighters and police personnel, impact municipal budgets, and how end users are often fined to offset the negative monetary effects. October 31, 2009

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has opened its revised control panel standard for public review. The standard, which is intended to reduce false alarms, will end its formal comment period Oct. 19. September 13, 2009

False fire alarms affect everyone - from the firefighters whose job it is to respond to them to those who live and work where they occur. August 31, 2009


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