There are 4-5 crucial components to successful alarm ordinances. A simple, but often overlooked provision is registration of alarm systems.
Why is this important? Permitting allows police departments to track systems in their jurisdiction. It’s been said that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure,” so it’s critical to know how many systems are in place. The Alarm Factor is impossible to determine without knowing how many active or permitted systems are in place.
There are several other benefits as well. Requiring registration is the best way we’ve found in working with law enforcement across North America to continue ensuring police response. By registering, the homeowner or business agrees to abide by specific requirements in how the alarm system is operated and maintained. Making user responsibilities clear reduces unnecessary alarms, period!
Registration/permitting usually include a fee which is essential in establishing a baseline of annual funding to help offset administrative costs associated with alarms. The fee paid by alarm system owners also removes the argument that all citizens are supplementing/paying for a police service not used by all.
High quality alarm management practices are all designed to help our industry, law enforcement and the communities we serve. Alarm permit registration is an important and necessary component to reach that goal.