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Alarm Facts

Common Myths About Burglar Alarms

  • An alarm system is burglarproof.
    • False. Nothing is burglarproof.
  • You will never have a false alarm if you purchase the salesman's alarm system.
    • False. Any system can produce a false alarm if it is not installed or operated correctly.
  • The Police Department endorses a specific alarm company and provides a quicker response because none of their alarms are false.
    • NOT TRUE! The Police Department does not endorse any company.
  • When your alarm is activated, the responding police officers can hear what is going on inside your home over their car radios.
    • Not true. The Police Department does not have this technology.
  • Your alarm is connected directly to the Police Department's Dispatch Center.
    • False. There are currently no private alarm systems directly connected to the Police Department's Dispatch Center.
  • Alarm systems reduce crime because the burglars are arrested as a result of your alarm system.
    • Less than 1% of alarm calls result in an actual arrest. Prominently displayed alarm stickers, signs, and an audible alarm can discourage potential burglars from entering your home.

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This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011