False alarm crackdown in Sandy Springs

- Sandy Springs Police are cracking down on false alarms. Wednesday, 39 companies got notice that they have 5 business days to get compliant or officers will no longer respond to their customer’s calls.

The Sandy Springs City Council’s ordinance went into effect in October. City officials said they want the companies to register their customers and have the state-mandated two-call verification process in place before calling the 911 center. Notices were sent out at 30, 60, and 90 days from the ordinance going into effect. Now that it’s been 5 months, city officials said these companies have had plenty of time to comply.

"We wanted to put the responsibility on the alarm company to register their users, have better communication with their users and do what they can do to limit the number of false alarms coming in from the alarm companies into our 911 center,” said Deputy Chief Keith Zgnoc of the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Deputy Chief Zgnoc said 98 percent of burglar alarm calls to 911 centers are false. Wasting officer time and money. As of Wednesday, the following companies were not compliant and will be on the do not respond list come Tuesday if customers aren’t registered and fines aren’t paid:

Ackerman, ADT, Protection Concepts, Sonitrol, Actio Alarm, XFINITY Home, SimplexGrinnell, Strong Security, Tyco Integra, Safecom Security, Stanley Security, Own Security, Protection One, Nationwide, Paragon System, AFA Protection, Phoenix System, Mid-South Security, Sunbelt Tech, Security Sal, Rock Solid Security, Safe Home Security, Banner Security, Nichols Security, Convergint Technologies, Live Watch, New Georgia, Consumer Security, Safe Security, Callaway Security, Ede Systems, Alarm Force, Interlink Co., Security Cen, Twelve & Assoc., RTA Security, Hometronics, Atlanta Alarm, and Patterson Security.

Sandy Springs Police want to stress anyone who presses a panic button or call 911, they will respond. They said their number one job is to keep the community safe.

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