A new law enforcement trend is sweeping the country – Verified Response. Police Departments across the United States and Canada are continually challenged by the need to respond to all alarms even though, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, a staggering 94 to 98 percent of all alarm activations are false.
In a post-9/11 world where police departments have been forced to take on additional law enforcement duties and increased Homeland Security responsibilities, the ability to free up time and re-deploy police officers to higher-priority calls has never been more important. Police are turning to Verified Response laws, which require verification of an event before police will respond to the scene, in an effort to reduce the amount of time wasted responding to false alarms.
More and more cities have adopted Verified Response and many more are currently considering it. Policies vary from one locale to another, but Verified Response generally states that police will respond to an alarm only if it can first be verified through audio or video or by an eyewitness.
When every minute counts
Without verification of the alarm, it can take police upwards of 45 minutes to respond.
A private security guard can verify the alarm, but guards are costly and this approach still can result in delays averaging 17 minutes.
With Sonitrol’s audio and/or video electronic surveillance, alarms are verified. The average response time for a Sonitrol alarm is just seven minutes.
Police give Sonitrol top priority
“From a reliability standpoint, what separates Sonitrol from other alarm companies is the crucial and accurate information that is provided on the way to a scene. Sonitrol is the best system out there for making apprehensions.”
Sonitrol intelligent alarms verify activity to assist police
The false alarm rate of conventional systems is as high as 98 percent, an unacceptable figure by any measure. Sonitrol’s intelligent verification technology is different. Our audio and video technology allows us to immediately verify whether a break-in is in progress, or whether a false alarm has sounded. This keeps our false alarm dispatch rate low and our apprehension rate high because we provide police with real-time intelligence as they respond to the scene. With Sonitrol, security is no longer a guessing game.
Sonitrol alarms are given high priority by police departments
Sonitrol has a high apprehension rate
Sonitrol has a low false alarm rate
Sonitrol has strong working relationships with local police departments
Sonitrol is a name police know and trust
Our state-of-the-art technology and trained central station operators can hear, interpret and report the sounds being made inside a building as they occur. No other system can give police such accurate, real-time information.