8/01/2013Alarm Registration Requirements Begin in Dunwoody & Sandy Springs
ONLINE ALARM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS BEGIN IN CITIES OF DUNWOODY AND SANDY SPRINGS
Dunwoody, Ga./Sandy Springs, Ga. (Aug. 1, 2013)
- Residents and businesses within the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy
Springs who use a monitored alarm system to protect their buildings
have 60 days to register their alarm systems in accordance with
recently passed ordinances in each city. In the city of Dunwoody,
monitored alarms can be registered at
www.dunwoodyga.gov/alarm; in the city of Sandy Springs, the URL is
each contracted with Cry Wolf to implement online registration, and
tracking and collection of fees associated with excessive false alarms.
Alarm users are assessed a graduated fine ranging
from $50 to $500 based on the number of false alarms. Fire alarmed
locations must be registered in Sandy Springs, while fire alarms are
excluded from registration requirements in Dunwoody. Commercial alarmed
locations must pay a $25 registration fee annually
in Dunwoody, with no charge assessed in Sandy Springs. Registration for
residential alarm systems is free in both cities. There is a $100 fine
for failure to register any monitored property alarm system.
each of the respective cities approved alarm ordinances with the goal
of reducing the number of false calls requiring public safety personnel
efforts. It is estimated that at least 95
percent of all alarmed calls are false alarms. In 2012, Sandy Springs
police responded to 9,096 alarm calls, of which 8,739 were false
alarms. In 2012, Dunwoody Police responded to more than 4,000 alarm
calls, and the majority of those were false alarms.
loose doors and windows; children, visitors and pets; user error and
equipment malfunction are among the most frequent causes of false
alarms. When an alarm is activated accidentally,
a quick call to the alarm company to cancel the alarm will prevent a
false alarm registered against the facility.
and businesses in the two cities have until Oct. 1, 2013 to register
their alarm systems in order to avoid the $100 non-registration penalty.
If residents and businesses are unable to access
the internet or have questions on the registration process, please call
the toll free number 866-889-2365 or email
DunwoodyGA@publicsafetycorp.com. Details about the ordinance and penalties for false alarms can be found on each city’s respective websites.
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