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Industry and Police Cooperation Strengthens Sacramento Alarm Ordinance

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Industry and Police Cooperation Strengthens Sacramento Alarm Ordinance
Best Practices Will Reduce Calls for Service and Maintain Police Response

Frisco, Texas (July 25, 2012) – The Sacramento, California police department and the California Alarm Association (CAA) have led a successful effort to improve the city’s alarm ordinance. Police administrators were able to bring their plan before the city council with the full support of the CAA, which provided expertise and industry best practices that were incorporated into the ordinance.

“Through the effective use of proven prevention strategies such as monitored alarm systems and continued partnership with the security industry, the Sacramento Police Department believes we can protect our community and your customers, and still preserve police response times to priority calls for service,” said Captain James Maccoun, in a letter to the CAA.

The ordinance included implementation of enhanced call verification and an annual permit fee for alarm systems. It further required full alarm verification after three confirmed false burglar alarms or if fees were not paid within 120 days of notification.

Additional costs of implementing the ordinance will be offset by revenue from the revised fee and alarm schedule.

In a letter to the CAA, police thanked Ben Martinez, President of the Sacramento Area Alarm Association, Rich Whitlock, Northern CAA Vice President and Jon Sargent, Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) liaison for Tyco Integrated Security and former CAA president. Both Sargent and Whitlock appeared before the city council in support of the ordinance.

“We have seen a growing trend throughout the United States of public safety agencies and the alarm industry working together to implement proven best practices in their communities,” said Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director. “Elected officials are often faced with controversy and they appreciate when the industry and public safety officials work together to come up with the best proposal.”


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,, or follow us on


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