The state of Georgia signed into law last week Enhanced Call Verification (ECV). It’s another major victory for all proponents of high standards for alarm management. We couldn’t be prouder of the work of John Loud, President of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association (GELSSA), GELSSA members, law enforcement leadership in the state, and SIAC’s own Glen Mowrey.
It can take many months, sometimes years, to get a piece of statewide legislation, drafted, introduced, debated, modified and signed into law. All those involved deserve our support and thanks for putting in the time necessary to bring this law to fruition.
Georgia joins Florida and Tennessee in mandating that alarm monitoring facilities place two calls to a customer to determine if an alarm is valid before contacting police. This ECV provision has demonstrated success across North America, reducing unnecessary calls for police dispatch by up to 70%. It is the single strongest provision SIAC has seen demonstrated to weed out alarm signals that were activated accidently.
The new law becomes effective July 1. We hope other states take heed and borrow from this legislation and the similar laws in Florida and Tennessee. SIAC recommends that you share this legislation with your state representatives and work with them to see if you can get an ECV bill passed in your state. To view the legislation, go to: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/59.
We are making significant progress year after year in the legislative arena, to bring down unwanted alarms. That progress comes from a united front that includes law enforcement, elected officials and members of the electronic security industry.
Let’s keep this momentum. Go on SIAC’s Web site, http://www.siacinc.org, and contact Glen Mowrey. He can help you get started, as can all the other members of our staff. Which state is going to be next?