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Old 12-02-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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I ran across this today while browsing Charlotte ordinances, and again on the CMPD website: Home (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/CMPD/Ordinances/Alarms/Home.htm - broken link)

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Alarm Ordinance Highlights
Required registration of all burglar alarm systems whether monitored or not.
Registration is FREE.
Failure to register could result in a $100 fine.
False alarm fines begin on the third (3rd) false alarm and range from $50 to $500.
A permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
Permit renewals are required every 12 months.
Fine Schedule

False alarms #1 and #2: Fines are waived
3rd, 4th, and 5th false alarm: $50 each
6th and 7th false alarm: $100 each
8th and 9th false alarm: $250 each
10th and consecutive false alarms: $500 each
Failure to pay a false alarm fine within 30 days of the date on the invoice will result in discontinuance of police response to future alarms.
I don't have any experience with owning an alarm, so I don't know if this common knowledge amongst owners (or if the companies inform owners, which I'd hope they would). As much of a pain this seems like it could be to register every year, I think it's a good ordinance to have to help reduce police strains. Take note that this also applies to people who have an alarm but no service. This ordinance also indicates that police may not be dispatched to your alarm if you do not have a permit.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I want to add to this, I was told back when I got the house if I do not have a permit then CMPD would not respond to an Alarm call.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:38 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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I want to add to this, I was told back when I got the house if I do not have a permit then CMPD would not respond to an Alarm call.
Yes, I should have given a reason for my edit...I was typing this in as you were replying!
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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This is so good to know - thanks for posting!
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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Most alarm companies will take care of the permit for you these days.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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It's not that they won't reply, but they won't be in as much of a rush if you aren't registered and on their "radar." Instead of the police getting direct dialed, the security company would be notified, and then they would have to call the police.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:58 AM
 
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It's not that they won't reply, but they won't be in as much of a rush if you aren't registered and on their "radar." Instead of the police getting direct dialed, the security company would be notified, and then they would have to call the police.
The police aren't direct dialed, regardless of the alarm company, unless you have a dialer installed with your system. And, no, the police WILL NOT respond to an alarm called in from a company to a residence that is not registered- no delay in response. No response period.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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The police aren't direct dialed, regardless of the alarm company, unless you have a dialer installed with your system. And, no, the police WILL NOT respond to an alarm called in from a company to a residence that is not registered- no delay in response. No response period.
CPI told me that they will respond but at a much lower urgency, I think they told me like 2-3 hours or something.

But who knows if they were correct or not.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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...2-3 hours or something...
Oh, so you mean like the response time you get when you call animal control for a barking dog at 1am. Gotcha.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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I've called 911 for shots fired before and received a 1 hour response time. Don't get me started.
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