HB 59 will hopefully save Albany time and resources
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:13:31 GMT —
Georgia House Bill 59 means alarms whether it's residential or at a business, will now have to be verified by alarm companies.
Judy Randall with Central Monitoring says that means they're required to make two phone calls before dispatching authorities. She told FOX 31, "hopefully it'll help reduce false alarms and then you don't have police going out to alarms they don't need to be going to and it really frees them up to take care of the business they need to take care of."
The only thing Randall worries about is that some people don't have two phone numbers and that sometimes presents a challenge for them.
But the city attorney sees no negatives to the law. Nathan Davis says, "false alarms are a tremendous drain on resources so the legislature I think was trying to help Albany and all cities." He says it's crucial for the city to save money where it can, "it's a finite source of money. Any government body levies taxes and fees and so they have a finite source, they can't increase this as the year goes along."
Randall says now that more and more people are getting alarms, there are more and more false alarms and hopes the bill cuts back on police 'wasting' time and resources.