Seattle Police Set New False Alarm Standard
The Seattle Police Department will become one of the first major police departments in the country to begin full enforcement of a law adopted in 2004 designed to reduce the volume of calls they receive from alarm monitoring companies. The new policy goes into effect January 1, 2009, enforcing the law that has been on the books since 2004, mandating alarm monitoring companies to place two verification calls to customers before contacting police.
This two-call verification procedure is called Enhanced Call Verification or ECV. While ECV has been adopted in many jurisdictions across the country, it often is not enforced by local police departments.
The 2004 ordinance also requires registration of alarm companies who conduct business within the city of
“The Seattle Police Department is taking a national leadership role by enforcing ECV,” said Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director. “They are taking the necessary proactive steps towards ensuring the safety and security of all business and homeowners in
On January 1, 2009, the Seattle Police Department will no longer respond to alarm monitoring company dispatch requests that have not followed the ECV procedure.
Also, beginning January 1, the City will enforce the requirement for alarm companies doing business in