Alarm Reduction Award Enters 5th Year of Growth

The North American award for companies who play a proactive role in reducing unnecessary police dispatches continues to grow, as industry-supported advocates work towards educating city governments and alarm companies on how to reduce these calls.

Created by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) and the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), and co-sponsored by Honeywell Security and SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION, the Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award recognizes the North American security company that best demonstrates a dedicated and cooperative effort to reduce unnecessary alarm dispatches.

“Working together with law enforcement should be the cornerstone for all security companies across North America,” says Stan Martin, Executive Director of SIAC. “This is our fifth year of the award, and the entries keep growing, which shows we’re impacting the security industry, communicating why this is important, and spreading the message.”

Award organizers are currently seeking applications from security companies that exemplify an all-out effort to reduce false alarms by implementing such best practices as Enhanced Call Verification (ECV), utilizing ANSI CP01-compliant control panels, training customers and working closely with law enforcement. The best overall collaboration will be honored with the annual award.

The winning security company will receive $1,000 cash for hotel and airfare to attend the June 2010 Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Pittsburgh, be asked to participate in the award ceremony, and be featured prominently in an upcoming issue of SSI.

Entering its fifth year, the PDQ Award has experienced a consistent growth of qualified applicants. Previous winners of the PDQ Award include Atronic Alarms, Alarm Detection Systems Inc., Broadview Security, and Vector Security.

To enter the PDQ Award program, monitoring and/or installing alarm dealers in the U.S. and Canada must mail an application postmarked by Feb. 28, 2010. Potential applicants may download an application and the judging criteria package at

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