Do you remember the old childhood story about the boy who cried wolf? This is a story that sometimes comes to mind when we talk about residential and business alarms. Last year Overland Park Police Officers responded to approximately 5300 alarm calls. More than 95% of these alarms were false alarms.
False alarms can be caused by a variety of reasons. Pets can set off motion detectors, visitors can enter the wrong code, employees have the wrong security word or code, and the list can go on. With an alarm call having the potential to tie up two officers or more for more than 30 minutes; it is imperative that the system works properly. Just as important is knowing how to use that system. Make sure anyone who will be using the system has the proper codes or contacts.
False alarms do have consequences. The City allows for 2 false alarm occurrences a year with no penalties. Each occurrence after that carries a fine. Fines can range from $50 to $250. Alarms can be beneficial, but making sure the system is properly designed for your needs may prevent a false alarm.
A permit is required for all alarms within the City. You may apply for a permit at www.crywolf.us/overlandpark. The permit fee is $10.00.