Get ready to register your monitored alarms, as they need to be registered with the City beginning September.
Late last year, city council adopted a security alarm systems bylaw, which is intended to help reduce the number of calls for service for Williams Lake RCMP and the Williams Lake Fire Department for false alarms.
The registration period will be from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30, 2011. Registration can be done in person at City Hall.
Alarm holders are asked to provide their name, phone number, address, alarm company name, type of alarm (intrusion, panic, silent, or holdup), and their key holder (who will respond when an alarm is triggered).
After Oct. 30, an automatic $100 fee will be charged for the RCMP or fire department to respond to a non-registered alarm.
Fees for excessive false alarms begin at three false alarms in a 365-day period, and fees for residential and non-residential users start at $150.
The City notes that emergency service providers will continue to respond to all alarms, regardless of how many false alarms have been reported at an address.
RCMP statistics for 2008 and 2009 show an average of 93 false alarms per month, totalling more than 1,000 per year. Costs of responding to current false alarm totals are estimated at between $54,000 and $63,000, in addition to requiring a significant amount of time on the part of RCMP members.
Costs associated with Williams Lake Fire Department responding to false alarms have been estimated at $89,700.00 per year, based on 78 false alarms per year.