Opponents, on the other hand, have said that the measure will not limit the number of false alarms that police respond to each year.
IMHO, opponents would do better to argue that it will reduce the number of false alarms. Why?
tl; Although it may seem quite laughable to those in the trade, the central station is often pictured, in the mind's eye of the naive customer, as a place where the original installer's people work and respond to alerts generated by that installer's clients. Though this is rarely the case, installers do little do dissuade this package deal mentality, since it serves their ends of subscription longevity. Of course people who work at central monitoring stations are well aware of this perception and also will not actively enlighten anyone either. Which isn't to say that they lie...
What it does mean is they try to avoid placing blame on the installer as a rule.
But when there is a unverified alarm leading to dispatch, it is a false alarm > 95%. And when presented with a bill for a FA, what do you think a customer does? Blames themselves? Maybe the first time. Less so after that. They either protest that the alarm shouldn't have gone off or they just shut the 'call central station' part of the system down (where possible) because of the financial risk. In either case this makes the 'central station' the loser eventually. Moreover when the customer views central station and the installer as the same entity, it leads to a finger pointing mess, where the station would end up eating some of those charges. dr
The net effect is that the central station will be extra cautious about calling in unverifieds, subjecting them to extra scrutiny and allowing more time to elapse try to contact homeowners, leading to reduced false positives. But of course, it will just take a heinous home invasion made worse because of a, financially motivated, delayed response to make them rethink their position.
So, I think it's a stronger argument to say "Yes, this will reduce false alarms, but we are gonna miss more real ones too..."