The City of Grandview passed an ordinance in November 1995 governing residential and business alarm systems. All alarm systems are to be registered with the Grandview Police Department. Any alarm system, which elicits a police, fire, or EMS response, is required to obtain a permit. The alarm user will be issued an identification number for each location. This information will be entered into a computer system and used for tracking false alarms and also for emergency notifications. A one time non-refundable fee for $10 for each alarm system is required. The user will obtain an alarm user identification sticker to be displayed on the front of the business or residence showing that an alarm permit has been issued.
This ordinance provides for the payment of fees for the reporting of more than three(3) false alarms in a calendar year, January 1st through December 31st. A false alarm is one that is found not to be a true alarm. Each alarm user will be allowed three (3) false alarms. On the fourth (4) alarm a fee of $50 will be assessed to the user. The same fee applies to the fifth (5) and sixth (6) false alarm. False alarms seven (7) through nine (9) carry a fee of $75 each and ten (10) or more false alarms are $100 each. Alarm accounts having ten (10) or more false alarms in a calendar year may have police response suspended until such time as the system has been repaired and proof provided to the Grandview Police Department.
Applications are available by mail or from the Grandview Police Department, 1200 Main Street, Monday through Friday, or contact 816-316-4900 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM if you have any questions. Links to the applications are also available below.
DID YOU KNOW...
The three main causes of false alarms are (1) User error; (2) installation/service error and (3) equipment failure?
That more than 80 percent of all false alarms are caused by user error?
That false alarms present a serious threat to the effectiveness of our local police, fire and EMS departments, as well as to the safety of our citizens?
That in 2003, Grandview Police spent 1,432 hours responding to false alarms?
That false alarms are costly and dangerous because they divert police officers from proactive crime prevention efforts and can deny response to true emergency calls?
MAJOR CAUSES OF ALARMS
- Unlocked or loose doors.
- Kids, neighbors, relatives, visitors, repairmen.
- Cleaning crews.
- User error.
- Equipment malfunction.
BEFORE YOU ACTIVATE YOUR SYSTEM
Are you and others who use the security system fully educated on its proper operation? This may include domestic/cleaning crews, children, neighbors, caretakers, employees and temporary staff.
Make sure you securely close and lock all protected doors and windows.
If you are leaving your home or business, make sure the door you leave by is closed tight.
Keep pets, balloons, fans, heaters, etc., away from motion sensor areas.
Know and rehearse the process to cancel an accidental alarm. Anyone with your key should know this process.
Know how much time you have after you arm your system to leave and to disarm your system when you enter.
KNOW WHAT TO DO IF YOU SET YOUR ALARM OFF ACCIDENTALLY
First, don’t panic. Carefully enter your disarm code to reset your system.
Wait for your alarm company or central monitoring station to call, give your password or ID card number
Do not leave you home or business until you have talked with your monitoring station! If they do not call you, have the number posted by your control panel and contact them to cancel the police dispatch.
DO NOT call 911 to cancel an alarm activation—you must call your monitoring station.
You can arrange to have your alarm monitoring station call you or another designated person first before the police are called whenever your alarm is activated.
Watch for these pitfalls that may activate your alarm:
Unlocked, loose fitting, or open doors or windows. Always keep doors and windows locked with the alarm is in an “ON” mode to reduce the change that friends, family or neighbors enter and cause the alarm to activate.
Unsupervised pets – If you have pets, take special care to purchase an alarm system that is tolerant of pets. You may not want to purchase motion detectors if your pets have free run of the house when the alarm is on. Also, sometimes barking dogs can activate glass break detectors.
Drafts that move plants and curtains.
AT YOUR BUSINESS
Watch for these pitfalls that may activate your alarm:
- Swinging doors or windows.
- Banners or signs.
- Mylar balloons
- Plants or curtains caught in drafts.
- Stacked items, such as boxes, which may fall, setting off motion detectors.
- Unsupervised guests.
- Untrained, unaware, or uncaring employees
- Alarm equipment, such as motion sensors or overhead door magnets, being hit by forklifts.
CONTACT YOUR ALARM DEALER
If you plan home improvement or renovation projects, such as changing the phone system, the configuration of a room, adding a wall, rearranging cubicles, installing skylights or ceiling fans, or even fumigating.
Also alert your dealer if you acquire a pet or hire domestic help.
Do your part to prevent false alarms.
- Take police, fire and emergency medical responders away from other pressing matters.
- Are a nuisance to you and your neighbors.
- Make your security system less reliable.
- Have your alarm system checked every year.
- If you are apprehensive about using your system, call your alarm company TODAY!
- Rehearse alarm cancellation with everyone who might use your system.