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Is Your Burglar Alarm Accredited?

By Robert Goldsmith


Due to safety precautions it is mandatory that every alarm installed in your house is
registered with FARS. Before the system is placed into service you must check for the
following accreditation,
? NSI (National Security Inspectorate)
? NACOSS (National Approval Council for Security Systems)
? ICON (an approval scheme run by NSI)
? SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board)
A non-refundable $30.00 registration fee must be paid with each initial registration. A
separate registration must be obtained for each alarm user and/or location.
Registrations must be renewed on a biennial (2 year) basis at a cost of $10.00. Failure
to renew when required will result in no ˇ°freeˇ± false alarms and the imposition of an
additional $100 charge for every false alarm.

False alarm
The main reason for the burglar alarm to be accredited by the government is because
of false alarms. Each year the Oakland Police Department receives more than 30,000
false alarms! On average, each response to alarms involves two police officers and
takes up to thirty minutes-costing the City in excess of 1.4 million, annually. This is
equal to 14 full-time police officers responding only to false alarms.

The burglar alarm ordinance
? Authorizes permit fees (waived for alarm users age 65 and older)
? Authorizes fines and penalties for defective or misused alarm systems
? Requires alarm companies to play a greater role in how customers use and
maintain their alarm systems.

Paying for your permit

What ever type of alarm you use it should be accredited by the government. If you
have an alarm system that is functional and is activated, the alarm ordinance requires
you to obtain a valid alarm user permit. Please remember, if you do not have a permit
and the Police Department is dispatched to your location for a false alarm, you will may
be subjected to a $250 fine.

About the Author

Robert is a Freelance Writer For They Specialize In All Kinds of Burglar Alarm. No Matter What Kind Of Security You Are Looking For Whether It Be A Basic Home Burglar Alarm, Or A State Of The Art Burglar Alarm System You Can Find More Information Here.

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