False Alarms, False Promises
The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday "unanimously approved fees for false burglar alarms, agreeing to charge residents $115 the first time police respond." LAist can't help but call foul on local Los Angeles police departments, who should be charged $100 themselves for every hour it takes them to show up in response to a real alarm.
Just this week, LAist talked with a local LA police department who informed us that when an alarm company dispatches the police department to a house to investigate a potential break-in, said police department may take some time to show up. "Some time," of course, was demonstrated to be three hours this week as local police showed up to investigate a potential break-in that was reported at 11:00 PM — at 2:15 AM.
An anonymous police captain was asked about the insulting delay time it took to respond and said, "Unless it's a silent alarm that goes off, it could take officers awhile to get there."
LAist feels much more at ease knowing that, unless someone has dragged us into our house, knife at our throat — giving us the opportunity to "turn off the alarm but in actuality set off the silent one", that police will continue to take their sweet time responding, and charging us $115 for such dedication and responsibility.
Way to go!