Before you set up your monitored home security system, there are a few things you should check on that are specific to your local neighborhood. You don’t want to be surprised by any fines down the road about your security system. This article will breakdown if there may be a police departments fine.

Alarm Permits

Many local police departments ask that homeowners register their alarm system with them by applying for an alarm permit. This provides them with a record of everyone who has an alarm system so that they can have a good estimation of how many homes are being secured and monitored. This information also helps them respond to emergencies at your home, since they will already have your information on file.

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Sometimes police departments have an application fee for filing the permit with them; the amount varies by locality. You will also want to check whether there is a yearly renewal fee for the permit.

The paperwork is short, and the fees are typically minimal. It may seem like a petty task, but it helps the police department protect you—and the fines for failing to file a permit are often so much greater than the permit fee.

False Alarm Fines

Many police departments have discovered that one downside to have so many homes equipped with home security systems is that there can be an abundance of false alarms. When police respond to false alarms, it is a very resource intensive task because it requires police officers to drive to the property. Although an occasional false alarm is understandable, repeated ones make it hard for the police department to do their jobs. They take officers away from areas of duty where they may be needed more. An overabundance of false alarms also makes it more difficult for the police to take these alerts seriously.

To encourage homeowners to reduce their number of false alarms, many police departments have simply put in place a system to fine false alarms. They are generally forgiving, incurring a fine only after multiple false alarms. Most will not count it against you at all as long as you cancel the alert before an officer is dispatched.

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If your false alarm was caused by equipment malfunctioning, please contact Protect America right away. While we cannot do anything if the false alarm was caused by user error, we can try to help you prevent future false alarms caused by equipment if you call us. We may also be able to look into your fine if you were assessed one because of the equipment malfunctioning. However, we are not able to open cases on incidents that happen more than thirty days before you contact us.

Read these articles for more information on how to prevent false alarms or what to do during and after a false alarm.