More and more counties throughout our service areas are charging fines for false alarm response due to the high cost to local governments. In many cases, police officers will not be dispatched if there are other seemingly more important cases or they are understaffed.
Monitored security alarm customers have the option to choose Private Guard Response to replace police dispatch when your security alarm sounds. These are unarmed guards that are dispatched to your home to verify the cause of the alarm.
Upon receiving a burglar alarm signal, if the Monitoring Center is unable to reach the first two contact people on your call list, a Private Guard will be dispatched to the alarm location.
The Private Guard responding has the authority to request immediate Police Dispatch if they find evidence of criminal activity or other legitimate cause for alarm. The cost for Private Guard Response is currently $50 per incident, as compared to more costly false alarm fines you would receive if the police respond and cannot find evidence of a legitimate alarm.
Most cities in Allied’s service area have implemented false alarm ordinances which are designed to reduce false alarms and unnecessary police dispatch. In Allied’s service areas, false alarm fines currently range from $85 to $240 per incident. These amounts can increase as the number of false alarms increase, depending on the jurisdiction
If you’re not sure if your municipality has a false alarm ordinance, please call your Allied Monitoring Center.
If you would like to discuss the Private Guard option, call our Monitored Accounts Representative at 1-800-448-8338. Or, to sign up for Private Guard Response, fill out the Alarm Response Options Authorization Form.