Earlier this month, the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) announced that its board of directors has adopted a position on do-it-yourself alarm system response.
Among the recommendations from FARA that municipalities include in alarm ordinances with regards to alarm systems that are installed by consumers include:
Prohibiting a do-it-yourself alarm system from directly dialing or contacting public safety agencies
Any registration or permitting requirements, along with fines and fees that apply to professionally installed systems should also apply to DIY systems
Consider having a professional alarm technician inspect systems that have too many alarms
"The position was adopted because of questions about how to apply local alarms ordinances to do it yourself systems," said FARA President Kerri McDonald in a statement. "Do-it-yourself systems can cause false alarms and localities need to consider regulating them."