The City of Huntsville, in an effort to better provide for the safety of its citizens, amended its alarm ordinance earlier this year.
The amended alarm ordinance provides for the charging of $30 per year for alarm permits issued to businesses, and $10 per year for alarm permits issued to residential customers. It also requires those with alarms at their business or residence to have a permit.
Additionally, the alarm ordinance allows for charges for police response to false alarms occurring after three false alarm responses.
HPD Police Chief Kevin Lunsford said, “The department hopes that this amended ordinance will reduce the number of false alarm responses by their officers and allows officers to better direct their efforts toward other law enforcement purposes.” Lunsford also said, “If individuals or businesses have not purchased their permits, we would request they do so as soon as possible.”
The Huntsville Police Department has partnered with CitySupport to assist in the administration of the alarm ordinance. Through the CitySupport Web site, http://www.huntsvilletx.citysupport.org, citizens can obtain a permit for their alarm, ask questions regarding the alarm ordinance through a live chat feature, view the alarm ordinance, or pay for fees resulting from police response to false alarms at their business or residence.