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Steve Dye, Chief of Police Grand Prairie Police Department

Traditional Burglar Alarms • Typically, over 98% of alarm calls are False Alarms • Police apprehension rates on traditional alarm responses are normally less than 1% • Technological advances can now enhance police alarm responses – and increase arrests

What is a Video Intrusion Alarm?

• Battery-powered wireless alarm • Apple-sized motion viewer detects a break-in with an infrared motion sensor • Onboard camera sends a 10-second video clip of intruder to an alarm monitoring station (via the cell network or IP network) for immediate action

Video Intrusion Alarm Activations 1. Alarm signal with video clip is transmitted to a monitoring station 2.Operator filters video, confirms if an intruder may be present and calls owner (two calls) 3.Operator immediately calls police on

obvious or confirmed criminal activity

and e-mails video for a priority response

Police Department Response • Police Officers can be immediately dispatched and receive real-time updates (i.e. suspect and vehicle descriptions, direction of travel) • Video can be sent to squad cars so that responding officers have a visual description of suspects prior to arrival • Not intended to eliminate two-call verification, by monitoring companies, but to expedite responses based upon video confirmation

Public-Private Partnerships • High level of Community Policing through: – Achieving: • Enhanced Safety • Crime Deterrence and Increased Apprehensions • Reduction in Property Losses – Partnering with stakeholders: • Police • Homeowners and Business Owners • Insurance Companies • Alarm Providers • Utilizes latest technology to maximize public and private resources

Alarm Partners on Board

Diebold – Protection 1 - Stanley

Insurance Discounts

Additional Benefits • Reduces False Alarms • No cost to law enforcement • Also affordable for the residential consumers and small businesses (existing systems can be upgraded) • Increased arrests result in fewer losses

Additional Benefits • Insurance rates can potentially be lowered for policyholders • Security companies have access to many video intrusion alarm systems – none are unique • Alarm companies have ability to monitor many types of video intrusion alarm systems

Video Intrusion Alarms are  NOT Surveillance  • This is an incremental step in technology doing exactly what intrusion alarms and monitoring stations have always done -

“Detect and Notify”

• Video intrusion alarm systems go beyond traditional

“Detect and Notify”

practices to provide visual confirmation of what caused the alarm

Video Intrusion Alarms are: •


to identify an intruder •


24/7 surveillance video •


to provide

"live video"

on demand •


self-monitored by the consumer •


by a qualified monitoring station

GPPD Response to Video Intrusion Alarms • Revised policy to burglar alarms will optimize limited public safety resources • Video Intrusion Alarm Responses will be handled as higher priority, “in-progress” calls • Dispatch process can be initiated while video is being received • Policy on responding to all other alarm calls will NOT change

Video Alarm Response Case Studies • Detroit Public Schools – 70% Apprehension Rate • Initial Texas Studies – Apprehension Rate of over 25% • California Studies – Apprehension Rates of 19% or higher vs. 0.08% on traditional alarms • 5-Year Vendor Study – Verified Video Alarms – Total Dispatches – Needless Dispatches – Real Criminal Activity – Arrests – False Alarm Rate 40,613 165 93 (Most were visitors to premises) 72 45 out of 72 (63%) 0.23%

Response Differentials •

Unverified traditional alarm

response – Chula Vista, CA Grand Prairie, TX 19:18 minutes 15:00 minutes •

Video Verified

alarm response – Chula Vista, CA – Grand Prairie, TX 5:05 minutes 1:55 minutes • Differentials – Chula Vista, CA – Grand Prairie, TX 14:13 minutes 13:05 minutes

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) -

Police Chief Magazine

Partnerships In Fighting Property Crime