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Nuisance annihilation.

Recognizing the urgency of the false alarm problem in the security alarm industry, the board of directors of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) of Bethesda, MD, has adopted a special program designed to reduce substantially the number of false alarms.

The False Alarm Reduction Fast Start Program was unanimously approved on August 26. Designed to "reduce demand on limited police resources and enhance the effectiveness of all alarm systems," the program suggests comprehensive steps to be taken by alarm installers, users, manufacturers, and police to lower the frequency of false alarms.

"The way we reduce false alarms by 50 percent nationwide in one year is with the cooperation of all parties concerned," says Robert Kerman, chairman of NBFAA's False Alarm Prevention Committee. "The time is right--our industry is now positioned to take a strong self-imposed stand on solving this issue."

Following are the actions suggested by the False Alarm Reduction Fast Start Program.

* Use alarm verification prior to police notification whenever possible.

* Urge manufacturers to ship their products with options preselected to reduce false alarms.

* Urge police to accept verified cancellation of dispatches.

* Urge UL and manufacturers to adopt false alarm resistance standards and test procedures.

* Create a False Alarm Control Team (FACT) within alarm companies, chapters, or associations.

Adopt these five procedures together:

* Call premises before police on all burglar alarms.

* Install burglar alarms with an audible alert that can be heard by the user throughout the protected premises.

* In case of a false alarm from a motion sensor, consider adding a second sensor in the same circuit to verify the first.

* Program panels to send cancel codes to abort dispatches.

* Stop using single-action holdup devices and extra digit "1+" duress keypad coding.

Contact NBFAA for additional information on reducing false and unnecessary alarms or for its help in creating a FACT team. Write to NBFAA False Alarm Prevention Committee, 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1390, Bethesda, MD 20814-4805; or call 301/907-3202.
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Title Annotation:Security Spotlight; program to reduce false alarms
Publication:Security Management
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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