Response - Council was duped!
To: Honorable Mayor Laura Miller
and Council Representatives
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.
Council Dist. 11, Dallas