March 10, 2014
Sparks Police will continue responding to unverified burglar alarms in spite of the Police Chief's attempt to put an end to that policy.
In late November, Chief John Dotson announced that officers will no longer respond to security alarms unless they are verified. Dotson wanted to make that move, because Sparks Police respond to about 4,000 alarms each year, 99% of them are false.
But that plan is now on hold, because so many community members and alarm companies complained about it. About 40 people spoke out on the issue during Monday night's City Council meeting....saying they're worried about a rise in crime if the policy changes. Some also suggested alternatives, like using security cameras or and other technology to verify alarms.
Police will continue responding to alarms until a new plan is put in place.