LB - Prescott Honda

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Subscriber Services | 928 Media Lab | Real Estate Search | Galleries | Obits | Yellow Pages | TV Listings | Contact Us
The Prescott Daily Courier | Prescott, Arizona

home : latest news : latest news May 22, 2015

8/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
Prescott Valley council to discuss false alarms
The Daily Courier

Like its counterparts in the City of Prescott, the Prescott Valley Police Department has responded to its share of false alarms.

In fact, the PV Police Department has responded to approximately 1,200 calls for burglary and robbery alarms from homes and businesses each year over the past decade, according to a report from Interim Police Chief James Edelstein. Fewer than 1 percent of the calls involved criminal activity, and the remainder were false alarms.

Edelstein's study placed the cost of two officers responding to a false alarm at $85. Doing the math, response to false alarms cost the town approximately $969,000 in that decade.

The town code currently provides a criminal penalty of $8 after more than two false alarms occur at a given location in the same month. The fine increases to a maximum of $24 if the incidents occur often enough in the same month.

Edelstein has recommended three solutions that he prepared in his report to the Town Council, which will discuss the issue at a work/study meeting Thursday. His staff prefers a recommendation to revise the town code, create a civil fine and registration process for those who have false alarms, require the monitoring station to make two phone calls before contacting the police department, and enforcing the new code through a third-party vendor.

The false alarms issue will be the final item for discussion Thursday at the study session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the library auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

Also on the agenda:

• A presentation from the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce on "What We Do."

• A discussion regarding outsourcing the processing and mailing of utility bills.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Rollover or abandoned? (2510 views)

•   Obituary: Carolyn Sims Dicus (2430 views)

•   Jury selected in ALS murder trial (1932 views)

•   Wet, cool weather keeps fire bans at bay (1388 views)

•   US agencies looking into whether Mueller was kept by IS leader (1373 views)

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

False alarms are costly as they take resources away from real problems and unnecessary stress out officers. There should be fines for false alarms after the first one. Either personnel or hardware are correctable but may require a fine to get a business owners attention. It only makes sense.

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Article comment by: local guy

The scent of $$$ must be getting stronger for the council with the prospect of photo radar ending. Another reason not to locate a business in PV. I have paid a local alarm monitoring company in good faith to install, annually inspect the equipment, maintain and monitor my business. If they can't do their job, THEY should be fined, not me.

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - dCourier App
HSE - Circulation Costco Memebership offer
HSE- Rants&Raves

Quick Links
 •  Submit site feedback or questions

 •  Submit your milestone notice

 •  Submit your letter to the editor

 •  Submit a news tip or story idea

 •  Place a classified ad online now

 •  Browse the Yellow Pages

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Links
Classifieds | Subscriber Services | Real Estate Search | Galleries | Find Prescott Jobs | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Contact Us
LB - Prescott Frontier Days - 0522 Cow Wrestling

© Copyright 2015 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Daily Courier is the information source for Prescott area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers Inc. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved