Springs Police Say Many Burglar Alarms Not Registered

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A warning if you own a burglar alarm system. Colorado Springs police tell 11 News they're not responding to more and more monitored burglar alarms. Police say it's because many alarm companies are failing to register the alarms with the police department or failing to renew permits each year.

"People call our dispatch and we'll say 'I'm sorry, that's not a permitted alarm, we won't respond unless there's evidence of a crime,'" said Lt. Brian Ritz of the Colorado Springs Police Department. "Some people have gotten a little upset, maybe hostile. We understand that but we're kind of bound by this ordinance."

Police tell us your alarm company is responsible for submitting your alarm registration form, along with your yearly $24 permit renewal ($12 for senior citizens).

So how do you make sure your family or business is safe? Springs police say you should contact your alarm company and ask for the permit number they got from police and the renewal date.