Yuma to address high number of false alarms

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma police officers say they get about 5,000 alarms system calls every year, 99% of them turn out to be false alarms. Wednesday night city council decided to come up with a plan to bring those numbers down. The plan is to update city law and give the community an incentive to keep those false alarms to a minimum.

One idea was verbal warnings, mandatory education, and even fines for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenses. Officials say that if they can’t control the problem with false alarms they may stop responding to the calls.
“I understand why they wouldn’t even want to go out because it will be a waste of their time. But at the same time you want to show up just make sure nothing is going on. So it’s 50-50 for showing up and not showing up.” said Ryan Zaragoza who lives in Yuma, “It’s just something everybody is going to have to work on to get taken care of, you know?”

Another idea the city pitched is to hire personnel to administer false alarm systems within the city and requiring permits in order to have an alarm system at your home or business.

“If it happens more than so many times, I think they should find out some more about it and just stop going out there, or at least confront the owner.” said Jim Colquitt who lives in the area.
For now these are only preliminary plans, as city officials say they first have to see if they can move forward with these ideas.
“They need to be more useful with their time, with something that’s really happening, a crime that’s really happening, instead of somebody wasting their time.” said Peter Martinez who says the city needs to make sure tax payer moneys are being used efficiently.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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