False Alarm Reduction Unit Receives Award for Significant Reduction in False Alarms

The Montgomery County False Alarm Reduction Unit has received an award from the False Alarm Reduction Association for achieving a significant reduction in commercial and residential false alarms from 2008 – 2011.

Montgomery County, which is home to approximately 1,000,000 people and covers close to 550 square miles, had approximately 90% of alarm users achieve zero false alarms during 2011.   The number of alarm users who have zero false alarms increases every year and is a testament to a well-written, strictly enforced, alarm ordinance and the educational efforts of both the FARU staff and alarm companies doing business in Montgomery County.

Those numbers translate into fewer dispatched calls and more cops being able to proactively patrol and respond to serious crimes and calls for service.  In 2011 alone, Montgomery County saved $1,385,000 in wasted resources, recovered 9,233 hours of police patrol time, and recouped the equivalent of almost 9 police work years.  False alarms to which police officers respond have been reduced by almost 70%.

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