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JUL 2019

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July 2019 / / Security Business 25 Targeting the Alarm Provider Indeed, Sandy Springs is not alone. Similar laws/ordinances requiring verification and shifting the burden to the security company have been adopted in other U.S. cities, including major ones like Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle and Detroit. These cities also cite the high rate of false alarms as the primary motivator for the changes in law. In promoting its ordinance, Sandy Springs lists a series of steps that can be taken to reduce false alarms. Ironically, nearly every step listed is in the exclusive control of the homeowner, not the security provider. This suggests that the homeowner plays the most central role in mitigating the high rate of false alarms – a point most municipalities seem to accept. Despite this, the Sandy Springs Police Department argues that the security business “is an industry that anchors its business model on the use of taxpayer-funded public services” and, therefore, it should bear the burden of the high false alarm rate. While I do not agree with its legislative approach, Sandy Springs is correct that the security industry does rely heavily on the contributions of law enforcement to its core business. With the proper balance of user education, technological advancement and sensible regulation, we can – and must – preserve the historically strong public-private partnership between law enforcement and the security industry. If we do not continue to promote this partnership, then we will undermine public safety and economic opportunity – a result that neither Tennessee or Sandy Springs wishes for any of us. ■ » Timothy J. Pastore, Esq., is a Partner in the New York office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP (, where he is the Chair of its Security Systems Practice Group. Before entering private practice, Mr. Pastore was an officer and Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Reach him at (212) 980-7204 or by e-mail at WIRELESS COMMERCIAL FIRE Same unbeatable wireless, UL864 listed and CSFM approved Inovonics commercial fire devices operate on the scalable Inovonics network, designed to integrate easily into fire alarm systems. Questions? Contact Us! 800.782.2709, ext. 1 Request information:

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