City ordinance cuts number of false alarm calls

April 20, 2010

Percentage of false alarms remains high

Issaquah Police officers race to dozens of alarm calls each month — only to discover homeowners or new employees who inadvertently tripped their alarms and triggered almost all of the alerts.

Police and city officials took action last year with a city ordinance to reduce the number of false alarms. The number of false alarm calls dropped by 63 percent between January 2008 — 18 months before officials approved the ordinance — and January 2010.

Officers received 71 false alarm calls in January 2009, compared to 36 in January 2010. The police department said the measure saved 20 hours in officer time during January.

The number for February dropped from 40 to 28, and the calls fell from 84 to 47 in March during the same timeframe. The city released the data April 14.

Police consider a false alarm to occur if officers respond to a call triggered by a security alarm and — after officers investigate the scene — find no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal activity. Read more

City ordinance cuts false-alarm calls

April 14, 2010

NEW — 3:40 p.m. April 14, 2010

A city ordinance designed to cut the volume of false-alarm calls to the Issaquah Police Department reduced the number of calls by 63 percent between January 2008 — 18 months before officials approved the ordinance — and January 2010.

The department said the measure saved the department 20 hours in officer time during January. The city released the data Wednesday.

Officers received 71 false alarm calls in January 2009, compared to 36 in January 2010. The number for February dropped from 40 to 28, and the calls fell from 84 to 47 in March during the same timeframe.

Police said a false alarm occurs when officers respond to a call triggered by a security alarm, and after investigating the scene, find no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal activity.

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False alarm calls could be met with fines

July 28, 2009

Issaquah police officers responded to 1,035 burglary, robbery or duress alarms last year, according to police figures. But 99.2 percent of the alerts were false. Read more

False alarm calls could be met with fines

July 22, 2009

NEW — 4 p.m. July 22, 2009

Issaquah police officers responded to 1,035 burglary, robbery or duress alarms last year, according to police figures. But 99.2 percent of the alerts were false.

Now, city and police officials are cracking down on false alarms, and violators could pay fines for wasting officers’ time. City Council members approved a false alarm ordinance Monday night — setting fees to register alarms and penalties for users whose alarms accidentally alert police.

Alarm users will be required to pay $24 to register their systems. Violators could face fines up to $200, depending on the type of alert and the infraction.

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Cry wolf, and it could cost you

June 23, 2009

Officials consider false alarm ordinance

Home and business owners who cry wolf could face fines under a false alarm ordinance being considered by city officials. The proposed legislation would require alarm users to pay to register the devices as part of the effort to cut the number of false alarms. Read more