Los Angeles apparently will move ahead with a policy of not responding to burglar alarms after two false alarms from the same address. The City Council yesterday declined to block the change. Several members expressed concern that the Police Department would start the policy before it can be properly enforced or the public has been made aware of the change, the Los Angeles Times says.
For several months, L.A. policy makers have struggled to reform a system in which overburdened officers respond to thousands of false burglar alarms in houses and businesses.
At the urging of Police Chief William J. Bratton, the Police Commission has voted to have officers stop responding to alarms unless they were verified. The department has delayed implementing the policy after complaints from private alarm companies and others.