The City of Ankeny requires a permit for burglar, panic and robbery alarm systems. You may be subject to a $200 fine for operating a system if you do not have the required permit.
New alarm permit - $25
Alarm permit renewal - $15
You can also be assessed if your alarm system generates excessive false alarms. If you have more than three false alarms within a consecutive 365-day period, subsequent incidents can cost you $50 to $100 for each false alarm.
Reducing False Alarms
Enhancing the security of your home or business through the installation of an alarm system is a proactive measure to safeguard your assets. However, it comes with a responsibility that directly impacts the efficiency of our local Police Department. Last year alone, officers responded to over 1,118 false alarms, diverting their attention from genuine emergency calls. Your cooperation can significantly contribute to reducing this number.
To assist the Police Department and optimize the use of resources, consider taking the following steps. Ensure that your registered alarm system's responsible party information is up to date, and familiarize yourself with the appropriate actions to take in the event of a false alarm.
Responsible parties are individuals you designate to respond to your home or business when the alarm is triggered. These representatives should have access keys for thorough premises inspection. Whether the alarm is false or a genuine incident, it is crucial for the police to communicate with someone who can provide essential information about you and your property. The responsible party should be capable of deactivating the alarm, offering contact information for you, and aiding in securing the property if a break-in has occurred. They should be geographically close, able to promptly respond to your location. The provided phone numbers should be accessible 24/7, as per our ordinance requiring responsible key holders to respond.
Being knowledgeable about what to do during a false alarm is essential in minimizing unnecessary police responses. Both you and your responsible parties should be aware of your alarm company's contact number and the security code to confirm a false alarm. If the alarm is triggered unnecessarily, promptly contact your alarm company to report the false alarm and provide your security code.
By incorporating careful planning and education, we believe the prevalence of false alarms can be significantly reduced. The Police Department is committed to assisting you in alleviating the costs and inconveniences associated with false alarms. Keep your responsible party lists updated and practice the necessary steps in case of a false alarm. Together, we can ensure that your alarm system functions as the effective tool it is meant to be.