SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose residents won’t have the luxury of having officers respond when their home alarm system goes off in the New Year.

A new policy went into effect on Sunday in which officers won’t respond to burglar alarms unless someone can verify that a break-in is actually taking place.

San Jose police spokesman Jose Garcia said the new policy stems mainly from the fact that most of the incidents they responded to in 2010 turned out to be false alarms.

“We had about 12,500 estimated alarms that we investigated in 2010 and less than 1 percent resulted in actual incidents at those locations,” he said.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

Garcia said that only two of those alarms that sounded resulted in arrests.

Because of the declining number of police officers in San Jose, Garcia said the department has decided that it was not utilizing resources appropriately by chasing each and every alarm.

There are some exceptions to the new policy. Officers will still be automatically dispatched to alarms at banks, airports and businesses that sell firearms.

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Comments (5)
  1. Angela says:

    Alarm system sales people will be out of a job in San Jose.

  2. Kristin Sanchez says:

    Oh yeah. I forgot. In California you don’t have a right to self defense..

  3. Guest says:

    Dont these alarm companies have Independent contractors who check on this sort of thing?

  4. Larinna Chandler says:

    Well…it was a well written article, and certainly it was news-worthy…and yet, I can’t seem to believe it was a good idea to let all the would be robbers know the police force wont be responding, unless they the robber…are spotted.
    Doesn’t that equal a free pass?

    By the way would be robbers–Don’t believe the story. It is fake. The police will actually be responding FASTER now than they did in 2011…

  5. Dennis Shipman says:

    They need the budget money to spend on social programs and welfare, not law enforcement.

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