Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Detroiters could be fined for false alarms

In an effort to reduce Detroit's notoriously slow police response times, police may soon stop investigating most residential and business burglary alarms until a crime is verified by the alarm company or a 911 caller.

The plan was pitched Monday to a City Council committee.

Of the more than 60,000 burglar alarms that sound each year in Detroit, fewer than 1% are credible, wasting more than 30,000 hours for each of the two officers who respond, said police Cmdr. Todd Bettison.

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