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Brookhaven improves public safety response with gate-access transponders

Post Date:07/25/2017 7:34 PM

Brookhaven, GA, July 25, 2017 – The City of Brookhaven has revised an existing ordinance which now requires radio frequency access for all new gated developments, as well as requiring a retrofit to existing gated communities. 

“In an emergency, first responders lose precious time entering gated communities.  Each development has a different protocol for access, and unmanned entrances become a real hindrance for immediate response,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura. “In a real emergency, a few extra minutes can be the difference between life and death.”

The change in the ordinance updates the definitions and requirements related to the installation of radio frequency identification and siren operating sensor systems to allow public safety access to developments even if entry gates are unmanned.  The City will bear the expense of retrofitting the existing gated developments because public safety and the safety of our officers is of paramount importance.  All new gated developments constructed after the effective date of the ordinance will be required to bear the cost of installation as a condition of their building permit.

There are currently 59 existing gated developments located within the City of Brookhaven. Implementation of the gate access program will cost approximately $41,028.00. 

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Media Contacts:
Burke Brennan
Director of Communications
404-637-0709
burke.brennan@brookhavenga.gov

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