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Alarm System Information
The Alarm Ordinance
- Anyone selling alarm systems in the City of Lynchburg must have a business license and a Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) license. If a salesperson comes to your door, selling alarm systems, make sure they present a current DCJS license before conducting business with them. DCJS is online at http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov. Use this website to make sure an alarm company is registered and has a valid business license.
- Take time to weigh the merits of any alarm system. Don’t be tempted by offers that are “good for one day only.”
- Get several estimates and compare pricing. It’s good practice to get three (3) quotes anytime you are purchasing a service which protects your family and property.
- Read your alarm contract carefully before you sign it. If you do not understand a part of the contract, seek clarification before committing to the contract.
- Some alarm systems, where the system is free, have a three (3) to five (5) year minimum contract requiring monthly payments. These contracts do not allow people to ‘break’ the contract for several years.
- If you purchase an alarm system from a door-to-door salesperson, remember the Virginia Home Solicitation Sales Act gives you the right to cancel your purchase within three (3) days from the date of purchase.
- The alarm salesperson should have advised you of the local alarm system ordinance. The City of Lynchburg has an ordinance which requires anyone with an alarm system to purchase an alarm permit annually.
Annual Permit Fees
- Residential $30.00
- Small Business $45.00 (no more than 2,000 sq. ft. of space or 5 employees)
- Industry $55.00
False Alarm Fees
SCHEDULE OF FINES FOR FALSE ALARMS
|3rd, 4th, 5th Alarm||$50 each|
6th Alarm, Required Inspection of System
|Additional Alarm||$200 each|