Curbing False Alarms in Lansing

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

Like many businesses and homes, Central Ford Truck uses an alarm system to protect the property inside and the people who work there. It doesn't always work like it's supposed to.

"We've had four false alarms in the last year," manager Mike Rutherford said.

Four or five false alarms, false alarms that cost Lansing police time and money.

"There's way too many false alarms," police spokesman Lt. Bruce Ferguson said.

The City Council is considering a new ordinance to tackle the problem.

One of the ways officials hope to cut down on false alarms is to make sure that alarm companies tell their customers how to cancel false alarms before police are called.

The companies would also need to keep updated contact information about their customers for the police. After three false alarms in one year, the city would levy fines and order an inspection.

If you don't follow the rules, Lansing police and fire departments could choose not to respond the next time your alarm goes off.

One Lansing security company says it anticipated the changes and has already incorporated them. And managers at Lansing's Central Ford Truck say even if it involves fines, the changes make sense.

With significant savings involved, Lansing police officials say it makes sense for the city as well.


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