False Alarm Update: CSAA Details Alarm Abuser Online Course

VIENNA, Va.

The CMOOR Group, which develops training programs for the
manufacturing, security and construction industries, has
been contracted by the Central Station Alarm Association
(CSAA) to develop and launch its online False Alarm
Reduction Course by this fall. CMOOR, which helped to
create the CSAA’s online operator training programs, will
design a course designed for alarm customer who repeatedly
commit false alarms and will be offered to authorities
having jurisdiction (AHJs) as an alternative to running
their own false alarm classes.

The CSAA first announced
its intention to launch an online false alarm class
in
January. The online course will require the passing of a
test at its conclusion.

“This course will give both the local AHJ and the alarm
dealer a tool and an option to offer to the chronic or
casual abuser which will not place the AHJ or the alarm
company in a difficult position since the course is being
offered by at ‘third party’ at the national level,” says
CSAA Executive Vice President Steve Doyle.

In other false alarm news …

BETHANY, Conn.: State troopers in the New Haven
suburb of Bethany, Conn., will begin enforcing a town false
alarm ordinance on July 1.

Under the new ordinance, the third false burglar alarm at a
property within a year will mean a $50 fine to the property
owner for that and each subsequent false dispatch. After
the eighth false alarm, the fine goes up to $90.

The false alarm fines are stricter for fire systems. A
second false alarm on a fire system within a year will mean
a $50 fine, which each false fire alarm thereafter will
mean a $90 charge.

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.: The County Commission delayed
on June 29 consideration of a proposal that would increase
fines for false alarms and set up a special master to
oversee hearings for some false alarm violators.

Under the proposal, an alarm customer who causes more than
five false alarms within a year would be fined $100, up $75
from a previous fine. That fine would increase to $500 if
it were not paid in time.

Those facing a $500 fine would be allowed to appeal their
fine to an appointed special master for the county who
would act as a judge to hear and resolve the dispute.

Commissioners were to consider the proposal June 29, but
delayed it until their July 27 meeting.

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