Arvada Co., Police Institutes Intrusion Alarm Policy

ARVADA, Colo.—In an effort to reduce the number of false alarms and control the associated costs, the Arvada Police Department in Colorado has created and implemented a new intrusion alarm response policy that went into effect Jan. 1.

In a letter the city sent out to alarm owners, it states that its new policy mandates a police response whenever the alarm company, or some other source, can provide additional information that confirms criminal activity is taking place at the site of the alarm. The new policy does not change the city’s 100-percent response commitment to robbery or panic alarms. “The police department encourages alarm owners to update their equipment to include a method for the alarm owner and the alarm monitoring company, to immediately confirm criminal activity,” the letter states.

Additionally, the police department encourages alarm companies to provide field personnel who can respond to unconfirmed alarms and to determine if there is a problem that would require police attention.

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