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WHAT ARE MUNICIPAL FALSE ALARM FINES

A verified response to a critical alarm is a serious matter. If the alarm turns out to have been falsified, a fine could be levied against the property owner.  Although a  false alarm is better news than hearing someone has trespassed, those false alarm fines can quickly add up, and cause you undue anxiety in the process as you worry about your home and possessions.

 

The best course of action is to do what you can to avoid this scenario, as some fines could rack up to several hundred dollars. Additionally, the emergency services have their valuable time taken away when they could be available to more pressing matters. Many jurisdictions have instituted false alarm fines to cut down on the massive number of calls they receive each year. While the prosecuting attorney must recommend these fines, there is still a risk of them being issued if you are not clear on your intent.

 

Metroguard has ways of fending off these fines by providing a unique service to homeowners that is concentrated on quickly responding to any alarms that go off. If an alarm system activates, many people assume that police respond fast enough to warrant an appropriate response. That is not always the case, especially if a patrol car is not nearby.

 

Because Metroguard is outfitted with specialized technology such as our existing 24/7 On-Site Alarm Response, we are able to provide our clients with the definitive answers they seek, while also preventing response teams from showing up for a false alarm.  When your alarm system activates we check the source directly with the CCTV system, which lets us know whether the alarm is legitimate or not.  Should something be amiss, we contact the police immediately, and have video readily available to provide clarity to the situation.  This drastically reduces the risk of being hit with high false alarm fines.

 

If you would like to learn more about our 24/7 On-Site Alarm Response system, please contact us today at 1-800-495-0400.