Like many other states across the U.S., New Mexico is continuing to see progress in improving alarm management practices. Again like other states, this is due a number of simple yet vital variables – commitment by alarm companies and the state association to implement best practices; active support and leadership from key individuals and companies; and a willingness to work with other parties to develop workable solutions. At SIAC, we’ve been able to witness this first hand, particularly due to the ongoing involvement of Ron Walters and Steve Keefer.
Most recently, Ron and Steve were able to spend some time in the state, and noticed a growing trend of involvement and attendance at the state meeting. Gary Shefler, the new Executive Director of the New Mexico ESA Chapter, has been working tirelessly to bring together the association membership to address a number of crucial issues, including developing a consensus to support alarm ordinances. We applaud Gary’s efforts, and the commitment of individuals and companies within the state to step forward for the industry.
SIAC has been involved in New Mexico for over 10 years, working with the industry on Verified Response issues in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. Through cooperative negotiations in all three cities, we’ve witnessed progress in terms of fewer nuisance alarms, and even an income increase in Albuquerque due to the ordinance implemented.
The most recent industry meetings were productive and continue our push down the road towards improved law enforcement relations in New Mexico. SIAC believes a key message is to form a statewide Model Ordinance supported by the security industry and law enforcement. We believe this is a worthy and achievable goal.
Gary has done a fantastic job lowering barriers between association members, and SIAC wants to salute his effort. We also want to send a special thanks to Jim Dragoo of ADT for supporting and attending the NMESA meetings. With more companies participating, we can count on more successes.