False Siren Alarm In Niles Explained

Jim Gudas
December 04, 2019 - 10:34 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Niles police believe they know why the suburb’s emergency sirens turned on unexpectedly Tuesday night.

Niles Police Support Services Bureau Chief Robert Tornabene said police believe a mechanical problem first led to the sirens going off for the monthly test at 9 a.m. rather than 10 a.m. because the sirens hadn’t adjusted from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time.

Police reset the sirens, he said, but then they went off at 10 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.

Tornabene says police responded to numerous phone calls and social media posts wondering what was going on.

He says Niles wants to fix the problem as soon as possible so that residents know they can trust the sirens.

Niles is waiting for the company that makes the sirens to come out and fix them, he said.

Until then, he says the sirens can be turned on manually.