Texas City Requires Alarm Systems Registration


Residential and commercial alarm owners in McKinney, Texas, are now required to register their alarm system with the city, according to a news report.

Beginning Oct. 1, the police department will no longer respond to alarm systems that are not registered. Owners who fail to register their system could face fines up to $500, Pegasus News reported.

“The largest volume of calls we respond to are alarm calls. Historically, 99 percent of those calls are false alarms,” McKinney Police Chief Doug Kowalski told the news service. “This takes time away from responding to true emergency calls. By registering alarm systems with the city, our department will be able to devote more resources to pressing crime and quality of life issues.”

Residents are expected to pay an annual registration fee of $50. Commercial and business alarm system owners will have to pay an annual fee of $100.

All alarms initiated by a person to report an emergency will continue to be responded to by officials regardless of a permit.

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