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  04/13/06    Verified Response - Council was duped!
Rad Field

To: Honorable Mayor Laura Miller  and Council Representatives

DATE:  4-14-2006

Mayor & City Council "Duped" by Guard & Response Companies & City Manager's Office

Reference:  Guard & Security Response Companies Lobby Austin
              Legislature and Dallas Productivity Commission

Here the citizens of Dallas are, just a month into Verified Response for Businesses, and double digit increases in Business Robberies and Burglaries are on record.  It has been determined that Guard/ Response Companies lobbied a few Texas Senators and likewise the Dallas Productivity Commission (some instances with cash payments). One must realize that "guard companies" stand to make good money by responding to alarms abandon by DPD.   With business alarm permits expiring each month, more robberies and burglaries than ever are anticipated.  Burglars just love this plan.

It is noted that some of the guard / response private vehicles are answering some alarms at "code" speeds without emergency equipment operating in order to make response times appear acceptable. Some of these violations are in plain view of DPD patrols.   Most businesses will not contract with guard companies, but send company representatives out to check out the status of their alarms (as proved to be the case in many other cities where VR was "tested" and failed). The above combination could lead to disaster over the coming year. 
Over 90% of Dallas residents pleaded with the City Council to avoid Verified Response, but as usual, Town Hall and City Hall open meeting results were rejected.  Perhaps that happened because the City Manager's Office thought they knew more about how to protect the city than experts in the business of crime fighting from Dallas and other major cities U.S. cities.  
Business owners will just have to find ingenious ways to protect themselves, their employees and their business inventories.  Too bad a city the size of Dallas will not protect the businesses that pay taxes for city services, including public safety which is a budget item. 

Rad Field
Council Dist. 11, Dallas 






  Ward politics is the Devil's key to the soul of the city council.  It is how some council members got themselves in trouble in the past.  It is the bait that will get others in trouble in the future. 4/6/8