Saginaw, Mich. cracks down on false alarms

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, February 14, 2011

SAGINAW, Mich.—A Feb. 11 story from CBS affiliate WNEM.com reports that effective Feb. 14, residents and businesses in the city of Saginaw that have alarm systems will be required to once again register their burglar alarm systems, even if they have previously registered their systems with the city of Saginaw.

The city said there is no specific deadline to register, but stresses the sooner registrations take place, the better. An alarm registration is good for a year from the date of registration.

Under an ordinance recently passed by the Saginaw City Council, all systems must be registered and false alarm activations for individual residences and business will be more accurately tracked and monitored.

Under the current ordinance, alarm registration fees were established at a one-time fee of $50 for both commercial and residential. Penalties for repetitive false alarm activations were also established, which the city anticipates will serve to substantially reduce the number of false alarms that the police and fire departments are required to investigate. The fee schedule allows two free false alarms per registration period. The third false alarm in a registration period incurs a $50 fee, the fourth a $75 fee. Five or more false alarms in a registration period result in a $100 fee each.

ATB is administering the registration and fee process.