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Letter to the Editor

January 22, 2009

Alarms save money



To the editor:

Well, here we go again! The Washington County Commissioners and Sheriff Mullendore want to pick the pockets of those of us who make that extra effort to protect our property and person by installing a residential alarm system.

These alarms benefit law enforcement as well as the property owners and insurance companies. As a matter of fact they deter thefts and breaking and enterings.

Now that I have heard the negative side of these alarms, I would like to hear the positive. To the sheriff, I would like to ask, have you ever calculated how much money is saved and how many man hours are saved as a result of the alarms?

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Without them you could be forced to respond to more breaking and enterings and many hours of criminal investigations. This is called crime prevention. In the past I have witnessed how destructive criminals are when ransacking a home or business for valuables.Therefore, I am opposed to any permit fees as they infringe on a person's right to protect himself and property. Protect and serve the people and stop attempting to penalize those of us who are beneficial to law enforcement.

Ned Renner
Hagerstown

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