SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Starting January 1st, San Jose police will no longer respond to unverified burglary alarms, simply because they don’t have the man-power.
”We’re at 1,100 officers right now, whereas as little as three or four years ago we had 1,400 officers,” said San Jose Police spokesman Jason Dwyer.READ MORE: Wild Fan Celebration Erupts Following San Francisco 49ers Last-Second Playoff Win
He said that the majority of home burglary alarm calls turn out to be false anyway.
”We had 12,450 alarm calls in 2010, and 98.4 percent of those were false alarms,” said Dwyer.
Nevertheless, homeowners in the area are dismayed.READ MORE: San Francisco 49ers Special Teams Spark 13-10 Upset Of Green Bay Packers To Advance To NFC Championship Game
KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:
”I’m sure they just announced this to all of the criminals and burglars. ‘It’s open season now,'” said one angry San Jose resident. “‘You’re welcome to come along because we’re not going to have any police response to this.’”
However, police point to the fact that other cities who have implemented this policy, such as Fremont, have not seen a spike in burglaries.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Forces Evacuations; 'Some Pretty Surreal Fire Behavior'
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