Prescott Valley Police to Verify Burglar Alarms Before Responding

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Prescott Valley residents and business owners should be aware of a new policy regarding burglar alarms.

As of January 1, police officers will stop responding to burglar alarms unless they are “verified.” This is part of a new plan called Verified Alarm Response, which was designed to reduce false alarm calls and free up resources to respond to emergencies. Now, when an alarm company calls police, verification will be required that a crime, attempted crime, or other emergency is happening or about to occur. Witnesses or a remote audio-video security system can confirm the alarm is legitimate.

If an alarm company intentionally or knowingly reports an unconfirmed alarm as verified, they will face a $500 fine- a stiff penalty that police hope will minimize false alarm responses. Once a residence or business has had a false alarm, Prescott Valley’s alarm ordinance will require that alarm system be registered with the Prescott Valley False Alarm Reduction Program.

In 2016, Prescott Valley Police Department officers responded to 772 burglar alarms, 766 of which were false. The resources required to respond to these false alarms could pay for another police officer.

A temporary 24-hour phone line has been set up for residents to leave questions or other messages about the new ordinance. Call 928-772-5650 and your message will be returned.

For more information, please check out the official website here. 

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