If you live in Sandy Springs or Dunwoody you have 60 days to register your burglar alarm or face a $100 fine.

The new registration is part of a system being implemented by both cities to reduce the number of false alarm calls. The registration deadline is Oct. 1, according to a press release from the city of Sandy Springs.

If you live in Dunwoody, register your alarms by clicking here.

If you live in Sandy Springs, register your alarms by clicking here.

Registration in Dunwoody costs $25 annually for commercial alarms and is free for residential alarms in both cities.

People unable to use those websites can call a toll free number 1-866-889-2365 for Dunwoody, or 1-855-725-7101 for Sandy Springs. They can also email SandySpringsGA@publicsafetycorp.com or DunwoodyGA@publicsafetycorp.com, according to the press release.

False alarm calls will also result in a fine of $50 to $500 depending on the number of false alarm calls generated by a residence or business.

The city says false alarms are a drain on police resources. The city of Atlanta also recently updated its code in hopes of reducing the number of false alarms.

“It is estimated that at least 95 percent of all alarm calls are false alarms,” the city’s press release says. “In 2012, 8,739 of 9,096 Sandy Springs police calls were false alarms.  In 2012, Dunwoody Police responded to more than 4,000 alarm calls, and the majority of those were false alarms.

“Unlocked or loose doors and windows; children, visitors and pets; user error and equipment malfunction are among the most frequent causes of false alarms.  When an alarm is activated accidentally, a quick call to the alarm company to cancel the alarm will prevent a false alarm registered against the facility.”

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011-2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com

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