July 2013 - Posts
Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is cautioning citizens to be aware of reports of unauthorized alarm system salesmen in the state.
Chaney said the sale, installation and monitoring of all residential alarm systems in Mississippi is regulated by the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, per the Mississippi Residential Electronic Protection Licensing Act passed by the state legislature in 2006.
An important part of the licensing process includes criminal background checks on those who sell and install these systems as well as requiring these individuals to have the proper training to ensure competency, he said in the release. “If someone comes to your door trying to sell an alarm system, ask to see their license and photo ID issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office,” Chaney said.
A false alarm reduction program is helping cut down on unneeded dispatches for Richmond, VA, Police.
The city requires registering all alarm systems and the city could start to fine property owners after a certain amount of preventable false alarm calls.
Those false alarm calls may just seem like a nuisance as a homeowner, but for Richmond Police officers, they actually mean time and money, which could be spent keeping you safe.
"We need to know how to reach them," Public Safety IT Project Manager Bill Hobgood explained. "If necessary the police department or this communications facility will be able to contact people when their alarms go off."
Belton, TX, city officials would like to reduce the number of false alarms the police department responds to each year.
In response to hundreds of false alarms annually in the city, the City Council is considering a draft ordinance requiring alarm systems in commercial buildings to be permitted if they are monitored by an alarm company.
Horry County, SC, officials believe their program to limit the number of false alarms from businesses and homes is working.
A false alarm reduction program that began in February has resulted in more than 510 letters and collected more than $12,000 in fines, said Paul Whitten, the county's assistant administrator for public safety. He said he doesn't have figures yet on whether the county is receiving fewer false alarms this year.
"I feel, anecdotally, we're getting the results we're looking for, and I think it's going to really improve," he said.
The Springfield, MO, Police Department is now billing residents whose alarm systems generate four or more false alarms.
A third-party ordinance administrator, PMAM, will take on the responsibility of sending bills to people who are being fined.
"When you have a fourth false alarm in a year, that's when our civil penalties start," says Lieutenant Ben King with the Springfield Police Department.
A new alarm ordinance in Denison, TX, requires all monitored and audible alarms, active within the city limits, to be registered with the police department.
Police say alarm owners will receive one warning for no permit and any additional calls for a non-permitted alarms could result in a fine.
Alarm registration is free and an application can be picked up at the Police Department or online by clicking here.