Each month, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s (JPSO) deputies respond to approximately
2,700 burglar alarms throughout the Parish. On average, 2,600 of these alarms or
99% turn out to be false alarms. In many cases, the alarm is tripped by an
easily preventable situation (family pets, user error, unsecured doors and
windows, seasonal decorations, etc.). In addition, many of the false alarms are
coming from the same residence or business over and over again. This puts a
tremendous strain on our patrol divisions to respond to legitimate calls for
service from our citizens and businesses.
In an effort to decrease the number of false alarms, Sheriff Newell Normand has
tasked the JPSO Crime Prevention Unit of our Community Relations Section with an
outreach program designed to educate the citizens and businesses on how to
prevent false alarms. The program will initially target those citizens and
businesses that have had at least 5 false alarms in the past 12 months.
JPSO Community Relations personnel will be visiting those sites with multiple
false alarms and offering suggestions and tips on how to prevent false alarms
and on how to make sure that the alarm is functioning properly. Officers will
leave a brief fact sheet with the resident or business owner with a contact
telephone number in the event they wish to solicit further assistance from our
office. In addition, patrol officers will be leaving door hangers when they
respond to false alarms.
Several other Parishes have begun to charge citizens and businesses for repeat
false alarms. Sheriff Normand has decided that an education/prevention system
would better serve the citizens of Jefferson Parish.
If you have any questions about this program, please call the JPSO Community
Relations Section at 504-376-2417.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OFFICERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS OUTREACH PROGRAM WILL HAVE
JPSO CREDENTIALS AND WILL BE DRESSED IN JPSO UNIFORMS.