LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Verified Response' system for alarm calls has limited support

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 2:48 p.m. CST; updated 11:27 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 18, 2013

As a former Columbia resident and Journalism School graduate I was proud to see reporter Morgan Denlow go beyond the false claims and exaggerations of Salt Lake City Alarm Administrator Shanna Werner concerning Verified Response.

Werner has lobbied hard to promote the failed concept that police should only respond to a burglar alarm after a crime has been verified. Despite her efforts, only 13 of the nation’s 18,000 public safety agencies have adopted the Salt Lake City policy.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as many State Associations of Chiefs of Police, has strongly advocated an alternative model alarm ordinance that maintains police response while dramatically reducing unnecessary police dispatches.

After reading Denlow’s article people will know to look to Dallas where Verified Response was quickly repealed when council members and the public saw video evidence of lives being put at risk and small business owners victimized by criminals.

The truth wins out when good reporters do their job.

David Margulies is a spokesman for The Security Industry Alarm Coalition and a 1971 graduate of MU.

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