Magazine article Security Management

Nuisance Annihilation

Magazine article Security Management

Nuisance Annihilation

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Recognizing the urgency of the false alarm problem in the security alarm industry, the board of directors of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) of Bethesda, MD, has adopted a special program designed to reduce substantially the number of false alarms.

The False Alarm Reduction Fast Start Program was unanimously approved on August 26. Designed to "reduce demand on limited police resources and enhance the effectiveness of all alarm systems," the program suggests comprehensive steps to be taken by alarm installers, users, manufacturers, and police to lower the frequency of false alarms.

"The way we reduce false alarms by 50 percent nationwide in one year is with the cooperation of all parties concerned," says Robert Kerman, chairman of NBFAA's False Alarm Prevention Committee. "The time is right--our industry is now positioned to take a strong self-imposed stand on solving this issue."

Following are the actions suggested by the False Alarm Reduction Fast Start Program.

* Use alarm verification prior to police notification whenever possible.

* Urge manufacturers to ship their products with options preselected to reduce false alarms. …

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