LAPD Moves Closer to Verified Response

LOS ANGELES—The city of Los Angeles is looking into changing its current alarm policy and going to verified response.

The Los Angeles Police Commission has approved a proposal to mandate alarm companies in the area to have their own armed guards respond to burglar alarms and verify whether the call is legitimate before alerting police. “Now the recommendation has been referred to the city attorney to determine an ordinance change and to prepare an implementation,” says Genevieve Velasquez, head of the city’s alarm section and LAPD’s Commission Investigation Division.  At press time, the waiting timeframe for the city attorney to determine any action was 60 days.

Police, however, will continue to respond to robbery, duress and panic button calls.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the police department receives more than 100,000 false burglar alarm calls each year. False alarms make up about 92 percent of all the burglar alarms coming into the police department yearly.

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