Georgia Joins Trend To Mandate Best Alarm Management Practices
New Law to Save Law Enforcement Resources Goes Into Effect July 1st
FRISCO, Texas (May 16, 2013) – Georgia is joining the list of states to mandate alarm management best practices to conserve police resources while maintaining police response for burglar alarms. Beginning on July 1, 2013, alarm monitoring centers will be required to make two telephone calls prior to dispatching police to an alarm site. The program, called Enhanced Call Verification (ECV), reduces unnecessary dispatches by up to 70 percent, and is already mandated statewide in Florida and Tennessee.
“The experience in Florida and Tennessee demonstrates that the growth in the adoption of cellular technology has made ECV a very effective tool in alarm management,” said John Loud, President, GELSSA
The proposal approved by the legislature is the result of a joint effort of the Alarm Management Committee of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), The Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association (GELSSA) and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC).
“As technology continues to evolve, it is making alarm systems more dependable and flexible,” said Glen Mowrey, national law enforcement liaison for SIAC. “Working along with state alarm associations, SIAC provides public safety agencies with technical expertise from the industry and law enforcement experts at no charge to help craft and implement best practice in alarm management.”
“Working together we have been able to identify proven strategies and trends to help our members better serve and protect their communities,” said Frank Rotondo, Executive Director, GACP. “SIAC and the GELSSA are invaluable resources in providing us with expertise and information on national and international trends in electronic security.”
Several state municipalities, including Marietta, Georgia, already implemented ECV.
“ECV maintains the proven deterrent value of alarm systems while helping us focus our resources more effectively,” said Dan Flynn, Marietta Chief of Police. “Our experience has been that a well-managed alarm program, based on national best practices, provides the optimum protection for our citizens and the most efficient use of our police resources.”
Police in other parts of the state are looking forward to implementing the ECV system as well.
“With police resources stretched to the max, ECV will provide much needed relief from unnecessary dispatches across the state,” said Billy Grogan, Dunwoody Chief of Police. “ECV could turn out to be a game changer for law enforcement throughout Georgia.”
SIAC represents one voice for the electronic security industry on alarm management issues – communicating solutions and enhancing relationships with law enforcement. SIAC is comprised of four major North American security associations--Canadian Security Association (CANASA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), and the Electronic Security Association (ESA). For more, go to www.SIACinc.org , www.siacinc.wordpress.com, or follow us on www.twitter.com/siacinc.
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