Towns supporting county false alarm ordinance |

Towns supporting county false alarm ordinance


SILVERTHORNE – Summit County towns appear to be backing a new false alarm ordinance that aims to hold alarm companies responsible for numerous unintended alarm triggers.The ordinance, originally proposed by Sheriff John Minor, requires companies to pay a yearly fee to register each alarm system they install and sets up a fee structure for violations.Last year, the Silverthorne Police Department responded to 435 alarms. Less than 10 were legitimately activated and none resulted in any arrests.Police chief Kent Donahue called the false alarm problem a “vicious cycle,” with alarms sounding, alarm companies allowing the security systems to reset, then systems continuing to trip.Donahue is hoping the ordinance will help the process go smoother if there is a false alarm situation, along with reducing the number of overall responses. “One of the pieces, in my opinion, that’s most pivotal is requiring alarm companies to be able to verify two responsible parties that will show up and clear the buildings. So many times, we get there, clear the outside of the building, but there’s no one to let us inside the building,” Donahue said when he first introduced the ordinance at the council’s April 27 meeting.The town council passed the ordinance on the second reading Wednesday.The Board of County Commissioners and the town of Breckenridge have both passed their respective ordinances.Frisco has passed the first reading of its version.The Dillon Town Council has yet to see a proposal, but town manager Jack Benson said police chief John Mackey has written the first draft to present to the council at its June 7 meeting.The ordinance culminates nearly one years’ worth of work by the Summit County Communications Center, Sheriff John Minor, county police chiefs, local security business representatives and homeowners.The money collected from the annual registration fee will go toward hiring an alarm administrator at the communications center.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at

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