Remember to Pay your Alarm Fees


A recent story in Spokane Sportsman-Review in Washington reminds us of an important point: When alarm registration fees are assessed by a local police department, it is important to pay them. If not, you may get delayed service.

The story in the Spokesman-Review explained how a local business had not paid its registration fees. The fees that the city collects help offset the cost of sending vehicles and personnel to false dispatch calls. The goal, the ordinance says, is “to assure that responses to false alarms do not diminish the availability of police services to the general public.”
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Cities that establish fees and fines in their alarm ordinances do so for a reason: To cover the costs of administering the program. If alarm owners are recalcitrant, that constrains the police and their ability to respond. No one wants a delayed response to an alarm.

SIAC encourages you to stay on top of your responsibilities if you are a business or home with an alarm system. Be aware of registration and re-registration periods for your alarm permits. If you are assessed a fine, make sure to pay it in a timely manner. It’s the responsible and right thing to do.

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Dave's column has run in multiple small town newspapers across the U.S., in Nebraska, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas,where Dave has been able to entice personal friends and editors to run his social commentary. His column has also been picked up by www.coastalmonroe.com. It has appeared in newspapers since 1998, and began in response to one of the school shootings so depressingly familiar in America. His commentary has morphed into a weekly offering of humor, insights and advice on how to find sanity in an insane world.
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