Phoenix-area police ask city for false alarm call consequences

Apr 2, 2018, 4:38 AM | Updated: 12:06 pm

(Paradise Valley Police Department / Facebook)...

(Paradise Valley Police Department / Facebook)

(Paradise Valley Police Department / Facebook)

PHOENIX — A staggering rate of false alarm calls in Paradise Valley has led the town’s police department to take action.

More than 99 percent of the 3,672 security alarms that the Paradise Valley Police Department responded to in 2017 were false alarms, chief Peter Wingert told the Paradise Valley Independent. Only five of those calls were due to an actual emergency.

That’s a significant amount of false alarms considering there are an estimated 5,000 properties or lots in the town.

The majority of false alarm calls come from locations that have multiple instances of false alarms. Wingert told the newspaper that only 683 of the locations police responded to in 2017 had only one false alarm call. He added that cutting out the top 10 locations where alarms go off regularly would reduce the number of total calls by 8 percent.

More than 2,200 police work hours were used on false alarm calls last year.

To combat the misuse of police resources, the town council gave the department the head-nod to begin penalizing property owners for multiple false alarm violations on July 1, according to the Paradise Valley Independent.

An ordinance is already in place to enforce false alarms, but the city abandoned taking action on the regulations in 2012. When it was originally put in place, the ordinance led to a reduction in false alarms by 10 percent from 2009 to 2010.

What counts as a violation of the ordinance?

After an alarm goes off, alarm companies determine whether law enforcement assistance is required. If so, the police department dispatches an officer.

False alarms will be put on record if there is “no evidence of a crime or emergency is observed,” per the newspaper. A first violation results in no fine and a warning letter, and each following violation will lead to a $100 fine that can be appealed to the town manager.

The police chief’s outline to reduce false alarms suggested providing Paradise Valley residents with tips to avoid false alarms, including a June reminder prior to monsoon storms — June’s weather leads to a spike in false alarm calls, Wingert told the newspaper.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A border wall constructed of shipping containers and topped with concertina wire, built on federal ...

Brandon Gray

Shipping container border wall cases involving federal government and Arizona dismissed

Two cases between Arizona and Federal officials involving shipping containers at the U.S.-Mexico border were voluntarily dismissed, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

6 hours ago

FILE - John Holman, of Denver, Colo., right, and others with the group "No Labels" take part in a r...

Associated Press

A third party signed up 15,000 voters in Arizona. Democrats worry that’s enough for a Biden spoiler

More than 15,000 people in Arizona have registered to join a new political party floating a possible bipartisan “unity ticket” against Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

7 hours ago

Maricopa County is seeking sanctions against Kari Lake and her attorneys over the Republican’s la...

Associated Press

At Kari Lake’s 3rd trial related to Arizona election, county makes case to protect ballot signatures

An election official and lobbyists were among the witnesses brought by Maricopa County attorneys on the first day of a trial Thursday in another lawsuit filed by Kari Lake, the defeated Republican in last year's Arizona governor's race, to deny her request to see signed ballot envelopes of 1.3 million early voters.

9 hours ago

AP Photo/Matt Rourke)...

Associated Press

President Joe Biden to deliver speech in Arizona next week, pay tribute to John McCain

President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona next week to deliver a democracy-focused address that will also pay tribute to the late John McCain.

9 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Homeless ID Project)...

Homeless ID project helps nearly 800 people in downtown Phoenix during first month

Nearly 800 state IDs were issued during the first month of the Homeless ID Project in downtown Phoenix.

10 hours ago

people standing at mather point...

SuElen Rivera

Grand Canyon National Park to stay open if federal government shuts down, Arizona Gov. Hobbs says

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs said the state is prepared to keep Grand Canyon National Park open regardless of a government shutdown. 

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Importance of AC maintenance after Arizona’s excruciating heat wave

An air conditioning unit in Phoenix is vital to living a comfortable life inside, away from triple-digit heat.

Home moving relocation in Arizona 2023...

BMS Moving

Tips for making your move in Arizona easier

If you're moving to a new home in Arizona, use this to-do list to alleviate some stress and ensure a smoother transition to your new home.



Thank you to Al McCoy for 51 years as voice of the Phoenix Suns

Sanderson Ford wants to share its thanks to Al McCoy for the impact he made in the Valley for more than a half-decade.

Phoenix-area police ask city for false alarm call consequences