Rockwood police chief proposing a permit for security systems

Rockwood police chief proposing a permit for security systems

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The Rockwood police chief says he is tired of his officers wasting time on false alarms. The Rockwood police chief says he is tired of his officers wasting time on false alarms.
"A lot of times when we respond to these alarms we have no responsible party or no number to call to secure the residence or to gain entry," said Chief Danny Wright. "A lot of times when we respond to these alarms we have no responsible party or no number to call to secure the residence or to gain entry," said Chief Danny Wright.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ROCKWOOD (WATE) -  The Rockwood police chief says he is tired of his officers wasting time on false alarms.

He says they have seen a jump in security systems going off, and there has been no way to locate the property owners.

To help end this problem, the chief has proposed a plan to the city council, but not everyone is on board with the idea.

Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright says with their limited man power they just do not have time to waste. That is why he is trying to get residents to be responsible for their security systems.

"A lot of times when we respond to these alarms we have no responsible party or no number to call to secure the residence or to gain entry," said Chief Wright.

6 News asked how many false alarms they get, and while the chief says the numbers of these calls does fluctuate, in recent months it seems to have gotten worse.  

He says one weekend the alarm at a business went off four times.  

Chief Wright says it usually takes his officers 25 to 30 minutes to clear one of these calls.

At the last city council meeting he proposed requiring residents with security systems to get a permit.

"The purpose of having the permit, it gives us a database with the numbers we need to be able to get in contact when we respond to an alarm," said Chief Wright.

There will be a fee to register of around $25. Also, if your home or business has multiple false alarm calls, you could get penalized with more fees.

"It will not be a revenue producing thing," said Chief Wright. "I've assured the mayor and the council as a whole it will basically go to fund the program."    

When 6 News hit the streets of Rockwood we got mixed feelings about the chief's proposal.

"I don't think it's a bad idea," said Rockwood business owner Terry McCullough. "I can understand them taking up the time of the policeman."

"I would be against that," said Rockwood resident Vann Martin. "I've lived in a community that did that. It's a problem the amount they charge."    

City Council members decided to table the proposed security system permitting idea at their meeting last week.      

The chief says he is working on getting it on the agenda for their next meeting in January.

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