Understanding Home Security Laws (Ordinances) in Metro Atlanta

Oct 3, 2023 | General

County and city ordinances regarding home security system in Metro Atlanta  serve as essential parameters guiding the effective installation and operation of home security systems.  Compliance is not merely a legal requirement—it’s an integral part of safeguarding your home and protecting your peace of mind.

Registering Your Alarm System: A Simple, Yet Crucial Step

Most counties in Metro Atlanta require residents to register their alarm systems. Registration is quick and straightforward, but it’s also fundamental for two main reasons.

First, registered alarm systems are far more effective in deterring crime. Registered alarms are legally recognized, they receive faster response times from law enforcement, and when triggered, they signal a real, immediate threat, which can prompt quicker action.

Second, registering your alarm system can save you money. Unregistered alarm systems often lead to unnecessary dispatch of police or fire personnel, which can result in fines for the user. By registering your alarm, you help reduce the likelihood of unintentional dispatches and thus, avoid potential fines.

A few municipalities such as Dekalb and the city of Brookhaven, require EMC Security to register for the resident.  All other counties require the resident to register.

Warning for Gwinnett County customers, we hear they are imposing fines if your system is not registered with CryWolf.  See the link below for information about CryWolf.

Learn more about registration here >>

Penalties for False Alarms:  Motivation to Ensure System Efficiency

False alarms are not only a nuisance for emergency responders but can also be expensive for homeowners. To reduce the incidence of false alarms and promote responsible use of alarm systems, many municipalities have put in place substantial fines.  The first false alarm is generally given a warning (not always), but subsequent false alarms receive escalating fines. Fines can range from $25 for your second false alarm to over $500 for eight or more false incidents within a year.

As intimidating as fines may sound, they serve the purpose of prompting homeowners to maintain their systems well and utilize them correctly. Regular system diagnostics, user training, and updates can prevent these situations. EMC Security’s consistent commitment to customer service ensures that our clients understand how to use their systems effectively and minimize false alarms.

EMC Security suggests the following actions be taken to reduce false alarms:

  • Lock all protected doors and windows before arming the system.
  • Educate family members on alarm system and usage.
  • Contact EMC Security if you have any concerns about the proper functionality your system.
  • Notify EMC Security if you plan any renovating or remodeling your home.
  • Educate family members on what to do if your alarm is accidentally triggered.
  • Use the EMC Text Alert app to chat with your emergency contacts when your alarm is triggered and respond appropriately from your phone.  This free service can significantly reduce false alarms.  This is an excellent tool for those that periodically set off the alarm when opening a door to let the dog out, etc.  It’s so easy to use – and you can also request a technical call if needed, right from the text.  

EMC Security encourages all customers to proactively research alarm ordinances in their community to understand legalities and remain in compliance.   Give us a call if you need assistance.