Update: The Continuing Effort to Reduce False Alarms

A properly installed alarm system provides enhanced safety and security and is an effective deterrent to criminal activity

In 2013, Cleveland police responded to 23,890 alarm assignments. Fortunately for property owners, 97.5 percent of all responses were to false alarms. Unfortunately for the community, valuable police resources were misused handling unnecessary alarms. During the 5-year period between 2009 and 2013, Cleveland police officers responded to 119,288 alarm assignments. Responding officers found no evidence of criminal or attempted criminal activity in 97.42 percent of those responses.

A Continuing Trend

During the first six months of 2014, police responded to 11,584 alarm assignments. The frequency of false alarms continued with 98.55 percent of those alarm assignments proving to be false.  Nearly 1 in 10 police dispatches for service are for an alarm assignment where most turn out to be false. While police respond to these false alarms, citizens with legitimate safety needs have to sit and wait.

False Alarm Responses January 1 through June 30, 2014

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The Solution

I continue to have open and active dialogue with alarm companies, Cleveland Police, City Council Safety Chairman Matt Zone and the rest of the members of City Council to identify a solution that meets the needs of all parties involved. We remain committed to making the best use of our police resources and meeting the needs and expectations of our citizens and businesses.

—- Martin L. Flask, Executive Assistant to the Mayor for Special Projects