Avondale Changes Alarm Ordinance Rules

AVONDALE, Ariz. — The city council here has expanded the duties of CryWolf False Alarm Solutions to help curb false alarms.

In 2011, the city council approved an ordinance that used an enhanced call verification (ECV) program. Despite implementing the program last year, false burglar alarms still cost the city $28,887 in wasted police and dispatcher time from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013, AZCentral.com reports.

Changes to the ordinance will take effect Nov. 6. Alarm subscribers with no false alarms within a 365-day period will not have to pay the city’s $25 annual registration fee. Police will not respond to alarm owners with four or more false alarms and has outstanding false alarm fines unless the alarm monitoring company verifies the alarm is real.

CryWolf will now take over collecting alarm fees and fines, as well as administer the city’s ECV program. Avondale’s alarm ordinance fines will remain the same.

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