Many would expect businesses like Central Village Discount Liquors to have an alarm system and they might not be surprised that every once in a while the alarm would be set off by mistake.
“Twice,” said MIke Murphy who works at Central Village Discount Liquors. He added the reasons the alarm was set off were. “Unknown.”
Plainfield police respond to a lot of false burglar alarms at homes and businesses for a lot of different reasons, like a new employee who’s not familiar with the system.
“Motion detectors can go off. A bug can set them off. Something like that,” said Murphy.
“I used to shovel and if you just hit the door like this alarm goes off and they’re right here,” said Steve of Plainfield. “They’re right here on the spot.”
Related Content: Home security systems help homeowners, police catch crooks
Police are hoping to cut down on the number of false alarms with a proposed ordinance which would require those with alarms to register them with the police department. After two false alarms in a year, a warning letter would be sent. A third would trigger a fine of $25, and a fourth of $40.
“I think they should,” said Murphy. “They have overhead it’s a liability to come out and check the area out.”
The proposed ordinance may target repeat offenders like those who have malfunctioning equipment and don’t bother getting it fixed or those who know the alarm is false but don’t call the police department to save the officers a trip.
The first selectman’s office says the proposal was tabled because selectmen had questions which are expected to be discussed with the police chief.
“If you got to do that five, six times a year at the same place, either you got to get the alarm fixed or these false alarms have to stop somehow or you have to charge them,” said Murphy.
The concern is while police are responding to a false alarm, they are not out on patrol.