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Old Jul 11th 2016, 11:05 am
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Im a little confused. There are local ordinances in Florida that set out rules for false alarms. You are fined if police/sherif have to attend a false alarm.

In the UK the Police are only called if the alarm is confirmed either by way of CCTV image or if two or more sensors have been activated.

Is this the same for the US or do police attend all activations
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Im a little confused. There are local ordinances in Florida that set out rules for false alarms. You are fined if police/sherif have to attend a false alarm.

In the UK the Police are only called if the alarm is confirmed either by way of CCTV image or if two or more sensors have been activated.

Is this the same for the US or do police attend all activations
It depends on your local police department. Mine responds to all activations but may charge $25 for each false alarm after the fourth in a year. They say that false burglar alarms account for 10-12% of total calls.
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Where I lived police or fire brigade attend immediately depending on what type of alarm is activated. After 3 false alarms a fine is usually levied. I think it depends on the area you live...I think the above were the township rules.
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So is it a requirement spending on where you live to have all alarms sent to police
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So is it a requirement spending on where you live to have all alarms sent to police
I don't know really...depending where you live it could by local, county even state. The problem with the US is there are so many rules/laws that differ depending where you live. Someone will probably come along soon who knows better than I.
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So is it a requirement spending on where you live to have all alarms sent to police
Homeowners insurance may have requirements about this, too.
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So is it a requirement spending on where you live to have all alarms sent to police.
I wouldn't pay for an alarm service if I wasn't confident that alarms would be sent to the police/sheriff.
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My view is to pass to private security instead of police
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My view is to pass to private security instead of police
Your "view" doesn't help in America. Private security can't legally speed on the way to your home, use sirens and blue lights, run red lights, arrest someone, and are greatly restricted in their ability to show up and draw weapons in persuit of a suspect. Also private security isn't going to have dozens of staff cruising through the area just in case an alarm is triggered!

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My view is to pass to private security instead of police
We use ADT...they were excellent...so were our local emergency services.
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@Pulaski, over 90% of alarms are false. Only on a confirmed activation's should police be called. Thats why im trying to find out if police/sheriff is mandatory.
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@Pulaski a confirmed activation is when more than two sensors are tripped on the property. False alarms are mostly 1 sensor
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@Pulaski, over 90% of alarms are false. Only on a confirmed activation's should police be called. Thats why im trying to find out if police/sheriff is mandatory.
So private security show up, and only THEN are police called. How long do you propose to allow burglars in a genuine break in to get away? .... You're nuts, nobody would pay for such a poor level of service. ..... I certainly wouldn't!

BTW I added several further drawbacks to my post above to using private security to respond to alarms. In short it is totally impractical.
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Wow....Not sure your getting what im saying.

Intruder alarms are installed with multiple sensors around the property. When an intruder enters the property multiple sensors are activated, (he is walking around the property) this is called confirmed, this is when police should be called.

When one sensor activates this is called unconfirmed. Indicates a spider of falling object in that one location has been activated it. When an intruder enters a property he does not stand in one place....

But I guess what your saying is that at the expense of real threat to life and property we should carry on wasting police time by sending them to locations that in over 90% of the time are false.
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