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14B.10.060 Duties of the Alarm System Monitoring Company.

An alarm system monitoring company performing monitoring services shall:

A.  Provide training on the proper use and disarming of the purchased alarm system at no additional cost to an alarm user.  This training must be offered and, if accepted by the alarm user, provided during the first seven days after installation of an alarm system.  If there is a false alarm in the first seven days after installation and prior to the time the alarm system monitoring company provides training, any fees or fines assessed for the false alarm will be charged against and paid by the alarm system monitoring company and not the alarm user.  For this reason, alarm system monitoring companies should seek to and may provide this training contemporaneously with installation. If the alarm user declines the offered training, or once the alarm user has already received the training, any fines and fees as a result of a false alarm will be assessed against the alarm user.

B.  Attempt to verify every alarm signal, except a duress and hold-up alarm activation, before requesting a law enforcement response to an alarm system signal by contacting at least two responsible parties for the alarm system, unless there is only one responsible party listed in customer documents. The first call placed should be to the alarmed premise for a request for the false alarm password. If there is no answer, the alarm system monitoring company must try one or more additional phone numbers in an attempt to reach the alarm user(s) or a designated responsible party.

C.  Ensure that all alarm users of alarm systems equipped with a duress or hold-up alarm are given adequate training as to the proper usage of these features.

D.  Communicate to BOEC operators and/or dispatchers any available information about the specific type and location of the alarm signal, e.g., north door, back door, second floor window east side, etc. (as opposed to “Zone 1” or a nondescript term that will not communicate to the responding officer where the problem occurred).

E.  Communicate to BOEC operators and/or dispatchers the type of alarm activation (silent, audible, interior, perimeter etc.) during an alarm event.

F.  Provide the alarm user permit number when requested by BOEC.

G.  Notify the permit holder or their designee of the activation of the alarm system.

H.  Obtain proof of an active alarm permit from the alarm user prior to installation or activation of the alarm system (or reinstallation or reactivation if the prior permit was canceled by PPB for nonrenewal or nonpayment), document same, and notify the Alarm Administration Unit that proof was supplied prior to installation.