Alarm Unit - Tips

Always notify the alarm company before you test the system to avoid unnecessary calls to the police or fire department.

Obtaining a Permit

To obtain an alarm permit, print the form (PDF) and deliver or mail it with the appropriate fee and original signature to:
Garland Police Department - Alarm Unit
1891 Forest Lane
Garland, TX 75042

  1. At Home
  2. At Your Business
  3. System Operation

Avoid Objects That Can Trigger Your Alarm System

  • Drafts that move plants and curtains
  • Loose fitting doors
  • Mylar balloons
  • Open windows
  • Unlocked or unsecured doors or windows
  • Unsupervised pets

Enhance Your Alarm System’S Potential

  • Expand your protection with an alert Neighborhood Crime Watch
  • Have proper security hardware; deadbolt door locks and window locks
  • Instruct domestic help or repair persons on proper operation of a system
  • Train persons with keys to your home on complete alarm system operation

Properly Maintain Your Alarm System

  • If you have questions about your alarm system, refer to your owner’s manual or call your alarm company
  • Make regular inspections of your alarm system’s components
  • Notify alarm company after remodeling or adding pets
  • Replace main battery every 3 years
  • Schedule regular maintenance checks by your alarm company
  • Test your system monthly through your alarm company