Longview, Texas (KETK) — The city of Longview will have an update to their burglary alarm ordinance.
Starting January 1, 2014, the ordinance for burglary and robbery alarms will take place.
The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage alarm users to properly maintain the operational effectiveness of alarm systems to reduce or eliminate false alarms, and to defray associated costs through permit fees and false alarm charges.
The City Council amended the ordinance on December 12, 2013.
The permit fee will increase from $10 to $50 annually, and the commercial alarm permit fee will increase from $50 to $100 annually.
Following changes in state law, the local ordinance needed to be restructured regarding incidents of false alarms. In the new ordinance, a service fee for false alarms may be imposed if at least three false alarms have occurred in a 12-month period.
The amount of the fee is $50 for more than three but less than six false alarms, $75 for more than five but less than eight, and $100 for eight or more false alarms.
Previously, a false alarm fee of $100 began after the fifth false alarm.
All residential and commercial alarm customers are asked to complete an annual alarm permit application.
This permit may be found at the Longview Police Department or online at www.LongviewPolice.com .
For more information call the Longview Police Department at 903-237-1199.