When you get your Home Security System installed in San Antonio, there is one requirement that you might not be aware of – the security alarm permit. Many cities or counties require a permit to reduce the costs of false alarms so that emergency services don’t have to be unnecessarily taxed. While most places in Texas do not require a permit, it is highly recommended that all customers get their alarm permit for a few reasons. At Alamo Smart Home, we will always remind you after installation to get your alarm permit, however it is up to you to make sure the paperwork gets filed.
An alarm permit will help responders get to the homeowner faster in an emergency. By having access to a registry in their internal database, first responders are able to know exactly where to go.
Many municipalities require two or more emergency contacts to alert about the emergency, which can help notify friends and even help decrease false alarms.
Without getting an alarm permit, you are susceptible to drastically increased false alarm fines. By getting an alarm permit, you typically will be allowed some false alarms in a year – how many depends on your municipality. A false alarm is not just when your alarm goes off, but if the police are called out to your home or business and there is no reason for them to have called. Each municipality is different, however most municipalities will grant the first one to three false alarms in a calendar year with no penalties if you have an alarm permit, and smaller fines after that. Without an alarm permit, you could be liable for up to $300-500 per false alarm.