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