Before you install home security equipment, there’s one requirement that may come as a surprise – a security alarm permit. Many municipalities require permits to reduce the number of false alarms so that emergency resources are not unnecessarily taxed.
Security alarm permits also help responders contact homeowners faster in the event of an emergency. It eliminates the guesswork of who else to contact if the homeowner is unavailable by quickly looking in an electronic database.
During alarm permit registration, many municipalities require at least two emergency contacts to reference and quickly alert of suspected danger. You’ll learn your municipality’s definition of a false alarm, ways to prevent them and potential fines as a permit holder.
The cost of an alarm permit varies based on your local municipality but can range from free to a one-time fee of $30 up to $50. Costs may also vary for senior citizens, veterans and businesses.
Once you have a security alarm permit and false alarms sound, you could face fines. Most municipalities excuse the first one to two false alarms without any penalties. Once you’ve registered your security system, beware of the cost of false alarms can add up. Some municipalities won’t charge for the first two false alarms, but after three false alarms within a calendar year, you could pay anywhere from $50 up to $500.
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