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Permitting alarm users allows the Police Department to ensure that users have state licensed alarm companies and that the alarm systems were installed by professionals. The actual $25 fee does not even cover the amount of time the Community Service Officer spends monitoring the individual account. As all major Cities in Michigan either have been or are beginning to permit alarm users, Lansing is actually the only municipality to not require the permit to be renewed. The reason? We are not trying to make money. We are trying to stop expending the original resources. Basically, the alarm permit is an attempt to drastically reduce the number of false alarm responses. Since the ordinance went into effect, we have reduced our false alarm responses by 10%. This is the largest reduction ever in single year for Lansing. Your $25 permit fee is saving you several hundred tax dollars down the road that would have been spent in those alarm responses.
If you have motion sensors make sure there is nothing in the room that can move. Such as curtains by an open window or air/heat duct. Plants and balloons are other common culprits. With window and doors sensors, your windows and doors need to be properly maintained. If they are beginning to age and are getting loose or rattle in the wind, you are at a higher risk of false alarms. Check to see if you are "over alarmed." Meaning, you have more alarm components on your system than you need. If you are unsure, you can contact the Lansing Police Community Services Unit and have them come out and look at your system.
Make sure you have a service plan with your alarm company. If you are required to have the system inspected or equipment replaced, it can get very expensive. Make sure your alarm company has up to date contacts. This way if an alarm goes off and the alarm company is trying to contact a key holder to verify an alarm prior to sending the police, they can get a hold of someone quickly. Again, most false alarms are user error during entry or exit. This is a good way to prevent unnecessary police response.
You can be required to have your alarm system inspected after your 3rd false alarm. Police response can be terminated after your 5th false alarm.