While on vacation last week, we got a call from our security company saying that our alarm had gone off. The police went out to our home and ascertained that everything was fine, reset the alarm and were on their way. We felt good that nothing was wrong and thought nothing more of it.
Then the mail came. Two separate statements charging us for not having a permit to use the alarm and for them responding to the false alarm.
I am stunned. I need a permit to use something in my own home? What we pay the security/monitoring company isn’t enough? And then if something does happen and we haven’t been robbed blind by a criminal, I have to pay the city anyway?
Never fear my friends, there is a way for me to forego this first offense and it’s steep penalties.
I can attend, wait for it….
"Alarm Awareness School" – Seriously.
For just a few hours of my time, I can learn how to lessen false alarms. That however, is several hours I would never get back. So I will somewhat bitterly pay the fines and probably never set my alarm again, as the rates go up everytime something sets the alarm off and no harm is being done.
They are kind enough to not charge you if your house is on fire or if you’re robbed. That’s a different section of the City that penalizes the homeowner, unless you want to go to "Burglar Awareness School," to find out how to lessen robberies in your home. Don’t forget though, to get a permit to not have your home broken into or burned, because that’s a real inconvenience to others.