Permit needed For TPD To Respond To Alarms

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A Midtown Tulsa man says he’s lucky a burglar wasn’t inside his home for police to catch. 

"It was a wake up call to get your ducks in a row and get things taken care of,” says Neil Dirickson.

When his home-alarm system sounded off police didn’t respond.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford shows you what the man didn’t have that kept police from showing up at his house.

Neil Dirickson needed to renew his First Response Certificate with the City of Tulsa.

To register your alarm system it costs $30 and $15 to renew it each year.

When Mr. Dirickson got the call at work from his security company he rushed home.

"He said your alarm has gone off, should we send the police out there? By all means,” says Dirickson.

So he bolted home.

"They called back and said ‘well the police can't come out because you don't have a permit on file,” says Dirickson.

So he did his own checking.

"I came home and went through the front door very cautiously,” says Dirickson. "I called out is anyone here and I didn't hear anything and then I looked over and saw that door cracked about two inches."

It wasn’t a burglar but a big furry culprit.

"That's it, it's the cat,” he says. "He body slams it and works it with his paws until it opens."

It’s a common response among Tulsa Police and these types of false alarms that come out at priority calls that tie up police.

"I do have a lot of alarm calls,” says Officer Adam Ashley. "99% of the time it's a family member when they leave it happens."

Or when a storm rolls through town.

"Every time there is an air pressure change and your window in your house pops pr cracks your alarm is going to go off,” says Ashley. "You'll have 30 or 40 alarms go off."

Officers are trained to never let their guard down on an alarm call. Since they are priority calls, two officers are sent which means time and money.

To cut down on false alarms officers will only be dispatched to your home if you’ve registered your security system.

"I think it's one of the best things they have done is to help us to get permits and prioritize alarms,” says Ashley.

Mr. Dirickson says this false alarm is a wake up call to get his permit.

"I double check now every morning (cut) I don't want anymore false alarms,” he says. "Obviously police can't respond to every single thing. So I totally understand that."  

Officers will respond to your home regardless if you have a First Response Certificate if you hit the ‘panic’ button, a neighbor hears your alarm and calls police or if you there is a crime in progress.

Police say if you have three false alarms in one year your permit is suspended and your alarm company must inspect it to make sure it is working properly. If you have three more false alarms the city will revoke your permit and you’ll have to pay the $30 registration fee. Police say this fee has been in place for years.

TNT Security Systems reports Broken Arrow and Sapulpa also charge a permit fee for security systems.

In Tulsa to register or renew call The City of Tulsa Licensing Center at (918) 596-7640. 

Tulsa Police say the money generated from the fees go to the General Fund.

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