Burglary and Robbery Alarm Ordinance Information
In October of 2001, the Longview City Council passed a new city ordinance governing burglary and robbery alarm systems operated at residences and businesses in the City of Longview. Under this ordinance, alarm users are required to register their alarm system with the Police Department and to obtain a permit for their alarm system and to renew that permit on an annual basis. Operating an alarm system without a permit may result in a fine not to exceed $500. (Note: The Longview City Council passed a revision to this ordinance on December 12, 2002. The revision excludes governmental units and taxing entities from the provisions of the ordinance with the exception of the need to obtain an alarm permit. The revision also removed the annual, permit renewal fee for all users, except under certain circumstances. The revisions are included in the copies of the Ordinance available for download below.)
Responses to alarm activations in Longview accounted for approximately sixteen percent (16%) of the total dispatched calls for police service in 2000. Only one percent (1%) of those alarm activations were the result of detectable criminal activity. During the first half of 2001, alarm calls had increased by eight percent (8%) over the same period in 2000 and showed no sign of decreasing. The passage of this Alarm Ordinance was deemed necessary by the City Council in an effort to reduce the inappropriate depletion of limited Police resources caused by the responses to false alarms.
For more information about this ordinance, you may view or download the entire Burglary and Robbery Alarm ordinance and the Fee resolution below. If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Alarm Coordinator or call 903-237-1199.
The Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™ is required to view and print the Application for Alarm Permit as well as the city ordinance links above. If you do not have this program installed on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking here. If you are on a public computer and wish to view the city ordinance information on-line, you may do so at the City of Longview Code of Ordinances located on-line at American Legal Publishing Corporation.
- Alarm Fees Resolution.pdf (22.72 KB)
- Alarm Ordinance Rev 121202.pdf (141.54 KB)
- Alarm Permit Application.pdf (522.88 KB)