Sunday, October 05, 2008

43,000 False Alarms in 1 year

If you don't live in Cobb Co. you can ignore this one.

Wow, your tax dollars at work.

Last year, the most common call for service was to alarms and there were almost double as many calls as for the number two call for service, traffic accidents.

Of the about 43,000 alarm calls, almost 99 percent were false.

from here.

In response Cobb County is requiring you register with the county if you have an alarm. Failure to do so is a $100 fine. You do get 2 false alarms before they start charging you.

We've had the alarm in our house for 11 years now and have only had one false alarm the led to the police coming out. That was a strange story, it wasn't really the alarm system who called them, but a phone number that was somehow registered to our house. This was back in the days when I had a second phone line for the dial up modem, so you know this was a long time ago.

We have had the monitoring company call us a few times when the kids (or I) open the door in the morning without shutting it off. We did that A LOT when we first got the dog.

Details of the ordinance is here:

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