Back in the 2005-2006 time period, Ron Walters led SIAC, the alarm industry, and law enforcement to a great success in Boulder, CO. At that time, we were just beginning to refine our efforts with police departments across North America, and Ron’s connections and leadership helped us work locally to implement new provisions of two-call verification, also called ECV (Enhanced Call Verification).
Very quickly, these new provisions worked effectively, reducing the number of calls police responded to from alarms by approximately 60 percent. You can find some of our similar success stories here, but the point we want to make in today’s blog is that policies and ordinances do NOT remain static. Circumstances change. New information emerges. Refinements take place.
That’s a reason we are proud to say SIAC has stepped up again in Boulder to help with a new ordinance that adds additional provisions from our model ordinance package. That means the city should get additional benefits by seeing further reductions in unnecessary alarm activations, and reduced demands on police resources.
Permits will be required for alarm users starting in March 2017. There will also be a tiered fine schedule for those who pull false alarms frequently. Second violations will cost individuals $100, all the way up to $450 for fifth and any subsequent violations.
We expect these changes to continue to help the community, the police department and the alarm industry. They refined the old model, looked at what works well elsewhere, and implemented new provisions to improve on the old standard. We’re proud to be part of the solution, representing the alarm industry.