AIREF Puts Funding Muscle Behind SIAC Project
Video Touts Benefits and Results of Cooperation Between Law Enforcement, Alarm Industry
Irving, Texas, Sept. 14, 2011 — For nearly 35 years, the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) has been a steady source of support behind numerous projects and initiatives that benefit the alarm industry, from research that proves the usefulness of alarm systems to the publication and analysis of hard data regarding false dispatches in a wide range of municipalities. Most recently, though, AIREF took a step into the world of multi-media by providing significant funding for the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) of a video that demonstrates the high level of cooperation and support between law enforcement and the security industry.
Working from a $25,000 AIREF grant, SIAC has created a video that educates police officers and sheriffs about best practices in alarm management. The 12-minute video provides insight and testimonials from a number of current and former law enforcement professionals, and makes it clear that there is a highly effective strategy for dealing with the issue: carefully crafted ordinances based on proven solutions created jointly by law enforcement, the security industry and the public working closely together.
The video is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kCTAaOiOcM. Additionally, DVD’s are available from SIAC at www.siacinc.org.
Overall, it stresses the importance of a well thought-out local strategy. As a cornerstone, it outlines the Model Alarm Ordinance, developed by SIAC in conjunction with law enforcement authorities throughout North America. The model ordinance stresses best practices, such as:
- Alarm registration and user education.
- Strict enforcement, including potential fines for alarm abusers and a limit on free responses.
- Two-call verification to cut down on the number of false dispatches.
- Making best use of the latest technology, including CP-01 control panels.
In the video, Chief Dan Flynn of the Marietta (Georgia) Police Department notes that SIAC is a natural rallying point for law enforcement in developing effective ordinances, since it represents all major segments of the industry. "SIAC tends to be a single voice that tells us what the issues are, and how we can work together more effectively with the industry,” he says.
Funding from AIREF plays a huge role in delivering the message from a united security industry.
"AIREF repeatedly steps up to the plate to help finance important projects in the alarm industry, and we thank them again for their leadership,” said Stan Martin, SIAC executive director. "Not only does the video demonstrate how SIAC has helped communities improve alarm management practices, it also shows that it’s not enough to just sell, install, service and monitor security systems. We have to be involved in every issue that affects our industry.”
John Jennings, AIREF Board of Directors Chairman, said, "AIREF’s ability to fund these worthwhile projects would not be possible without the support of those who participate in the annual AIREF Golf Classic and the generous sponsors who contribute to the event. We’re very proud to be a part of this impactful endeavor.”
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