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Akron PD Adopts Strict Alarm Response Policy

December 05, 2013  | 

Akron police soon will no longer respond to security alarms until someone verifies that help really is needed.

The shift in department policy is in response to decades of false alarms sounding from businesses and residences that city leaders say needlessly tie up police officers.

Police say that more than 98 percent of the 10,000 alarm calls received every year in Akron fail to produce signs of an actual crime.

The alarms, however, do tax the time of officers working for an already depleted force, police Chief James Nice said Tuesday while detailing his plans to Akron Beacon Journal editors and reporters.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 12/6/2013 7:35 PM

So with this policy appearing in the newspaper burglars now know that it is safe to break into homes and businesses during a thunderstorm. What most agencies in Ohio did for this problem was to charge homes and businesses with false alarm fees which amazingly dropped false alarm responses in short order. I am guessing the Chief at Akron never got that memo.

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