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As part of his capstone project for his Public Manager certification program, Edwardsville Police Sergeant presented information to the Edwardsville City Council regarding nuisance alarms.
Sgt. Kelling concluded that due to the number of false alarm calls int he City, such alarms shall be considered a public nuisance. Ordinance No. 981, adopted by the City Council at this same meeting, establishes the penalties, fees, and other regulations related to this issue.
Additionally, the ordinance obligates residents and businesses to have alarm system information registered with the City. This is done so that when responding to a call, personnel know the correct individual to contact in the case of a faulty alarm.
Since 2014, the Police Department responded to an average 225 alarms per year, of which less than 1% are related to any type of criminal activity. The Fire Department responded to an average 65 false/malfunctioning alarm calls during the same timeframe, with no alarm call responses involving active fires or medical events. This ordinance aims at reducing these wasted efforts and provide for more efficient public safety operations.
The Department is currently forming a database of known alarm systems in the City and expect to begin outreach to get businesses and individuals registered over the coming weeks.