Texas Community Seeks Help from Dealers with Alarm Ordinance

The city of North Richland Hills, Texas, in the Fort Worth suburbs, is asking for help from alarm installing dealers and central station monitoring companies. The town's police department is working to reduce false alarms in the city, and in December 2006, the town passed a new alarm ordinance applicable to burglar alarms.

The town's Chief of Police Jimmy Perdue has personally asked for companies doing business in the area to partner with them for false alarm reduction.

"I am contacting you because I need your help in reducing false alarms in our community as well as registering all alarm systems," wrote Perdue in a letter to alarm companies. "I am asking you to partner with the North Richland Hills Police Department and ATB Services [the group overseeing the city new alarm ordinance program] in working with your problem alarm customers who have excessive false alarms by improving their alarm system or providing them with training on how they should properly use their system."

Perdue's department is asking that alarm installing companies and central station monitoring services providers submit a list of their customers and their customers addresses to ATB Services so that the city can notify alarm users of the requirements of the new ordinance. Perdue noted that the subscriber information will be kept completely confidential, as according to Section 1702.84 of the Texas Occupation Code.

Alarm businesses seeking more information can reach the North Richland Hills Police Department at its main number: (817) 427-7000.