NOPD to improve response times by imposing penalties for false burglar alarms

NOPD to improve response times by imposing penalties for false burglar alarms


AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION, WE WILL SEND IT ALONG. BACK TO YOU. ADRIANNA: THE NEWS STARTS NOW. FIRST AT 5:00, IN THE NEAR FUTURE IF YOUR BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM FALSELY GOES OFF YOU COULD FACE A HEFTY FINE. SCOTT: IN 2014, THE NOPD RESPONDED TO APPROXIMATELY 48,000 FALSE ALARM CALLS. IF THE PLAN IS PASSED, THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE REDUCTION IN RESPONSE WILL SAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF 6 FULL-TIME OFFICERS. COPS THAT COULD INSTEAD BE RESPONDING TO REAL EMERGENCIES IN THE CITY. ADRIANNA: WDSU REPORTER ANDY CUNNINGHAM IS LIVE AT NOPD HEADQUARTERS WITH MORE ON THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO BREAK DOWN THE NUMBERS. 130, THAT’S THE NUMBER OF FALSE ALARM CALLS THE NOPD SAID IT RESPONDS TO ON AVERAGE EVERY DAY IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. TIME THAT COULD BE SPENT ON ADDRESSING MUCH MORE SERIOUS CALLS AND ISSUES FACING THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY. IF YOU OWN AN ALARM SYSTEM, YOU KNOW THAT SOUND WELL. BUT ACCORDING TO THE NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT ALMOST ALL CALLS MADE TO DISPATCH FROM ALARM MONITORING COMPANIES END UP BEING “FALSE” ALARMS. ON AVERAGE 98.8% OF EVERYONE OF THOSE REPORTED BURGLAR ALARMS IS A FALSE ALARM. THAT MEANS WE’RE RESPONDING TO AN AVERAGE OF 130 FALSE ALARMS A DAY. IN TURN, POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL HARRISON SAID WEDENSDAY THAT BOGS DOWN COUNTLESS OFFICERS EVERY DAY. WHEN THEY SHOULD BE RESPONDING TO ACTUAL EMERGENCIES. PUTTING IT SIMPLY, THIS ORDINANCE IS GOING TO PUT MORE POLICE BACK ON THE STREET. THE ORDINANCE HAS PLENTY OF SUPPORT FROM CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. THEY HAVE TURNED UP THE HEAT ON HARRISON AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO BOLSTER THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS ACTUALLY PATROLLING THE STREETS. DOING ACTIVE PATROLS AND RESPONDING TO ACTUAL CALLS FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE. MANY OF THE FALSE ALARMS, ACCORDING TO A REPORT RELEASED BY THE NOPD, ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS. SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A DOG JUMPING ON A COUCH CAN TRIGGER A MOTION SENSOR OR SOMEONE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE SECURITY SYSTEM IN PLACE AT A HOME OR BUSINESS. IT’S A CALL TO EVERYONE WITH WITH AN ALARM TO GET THAT ALARM SERVICE, TO HAVE IT WORKING PROPERLY. THE ORDINANCE IS ONE OF SEVERAL MEASURES THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL RECOMMENDED IN A RECENT REPORT TO BETTER IMPROVE RESPONSE TIMES AT A TIME WHEN CITIZENS SAY MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY. I’M FULLY COMMITTED TO CONTINUING TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO WORK SMARTER AND MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE, SO WE CAN PROVIDE THE BEST POLICE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO OUR RESIDENTS AND OUR VISITORS. IF IT PASSES THE ORDINANCE WILL FORCE ALARM COMPANIES TO VERIFY WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS THAT AN ALARM WAS NOT SOUNDING FALSELY, BEFORE UNITS ARE SENT TO THAT ADDRESS. FIRST TIME OFFENDERS WILL RECEIVE A WARNING, FOLLOWED BY A $75 FINE FOR A SECOND VIOLATION, AND A $150 FINE FOR THE THIRD VIOLATION. AFTER THAT THE CITY WILL STOP RESPONDING TO ALARM CALLS FROM REPEAT OFFENDERS. REPORTING LIVE ON YOUR SIDE, ANDY CUNNINGHAM. ADRIANNA: THE NOPD SAID UNDER THE PROPOSED CHANGE, OFFICERS WILL CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO ANY HOLDUP, DURESS CALL OR OTHER ALARM THAT IS ACTIVELY TRIGGERED BY AN ALARM OWNER. THAT INCLUDES CALLS FROM CITIZENS REPORTING A

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