The purpose of issuing alarm permits is to help reduce response times while giving deputies accurate information about the type of home or business they are being called to; including who to contact, identities of those who live/work at the location and any special needs they may have.
The Pinal County Alarm Unit issues permits to home and business outside city limits in the county.
Currently the majority of permits are issued to home owners in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area.
On this date in 2007, there were 7,428 alarm permits issued in Pinal County. As of 11:00 a.m. today, there are 15,003.
PCSO dispatchers work with alarm companies which monitor systems on residential and commercial properties. When an alarm is triggered and verified, PCSO is called and a deputy is assigned to respond.
To cut back on the number of false alarms in which a deputy is assigned to respond, those holding permits are allowed three false alarm calls per year, and one panic alarm before being assessed a $71 charge.
The cost to obtain or renew an existing alarm permit is $10 per year.
“Having a private home or business alarm has aided us to respond to calls faster and help catch criminals who don’t believe anyone knows of their illegal activity,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “We now have over 15,000 alarms registered, providing a higher level of security to homeowners and business.”