Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fines May Fix Alarm Problems.(West Side Journal)(Editorial)

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What, exactly, is the purpose of the alarm systems for which people spend good money? If it is to waste the time of police officers, consumers are getting their money's worth.

During the one-year period that ended June 12, Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety officers responded to 4,048 alarm calls. Ninety-eight percent were false alarms, according to DPS spokesman John Francis. Those false alarms eat up thousands of hours of officers' time at a cost of tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

If consumers are investing money for a functional system that will help deter burglaries, investing another $10 to get a handle on the false alarm problem is money well spent. …

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