Updated alarm ordinance takes effect in Wichita

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, August 30, 2010

WICHITA, Kan.—An Aug. 25 posting on the official page for the city of Wichita reminds residents and businesses with alarm systems that the ordinance has changed, effective Aug. 1. Alarm owners have been receiving alarm permit renewal notices during the past week. The alarm renewal fee is $25.

The revised ordinance increased the alarm system registration fee from a one-time fee of $10 to the annual $25 fee. Most customers should have received a bill in August.

The fees will help offset administrative costs for managing false alarms at residences and businesses. If a residential or commercial account is inactive but the former security alarm customer receives a renewal notice, city officials ask that the former alarm owner please call 877-888-1355 to cancel the fee and close the account.

The false alarm fees were also updated to reflect different fee structures for security (police) and fire alarms. Under the revised ordinance, alarm customers will not be charged for the first false alarm during a permit year. The second and third alarms are $40 for security and $100 for fire. The fourth and fifth are $60 and $150, respectively. The sixth is $120 for security and $300 for fire, while the seventh through ninth are $200 and $500. The 10th and higher false alarm results in fines of $350 for security and $750 for fire.

For more information about the ordinance call 877-888-1355.