The city of Crowley's ordinance requiring businesses and residences with monitored alarms system to have a permit, which went into effect Oct. 1, has been put on hold until Nov. 1, Crowley Interim City Manager Robert Loftin said.
"We had some technical difficulties with the third party we are using in getting everything set up and getting everything orchestrated so they could bill properly and get the permits over properly," Loftin said.
PMAM Copsource was approved by the City Council for the administration and collection of the registration of the alarm permits and the fines for false alarms.
In early August, the City Council voted unanimously to require those in the city with monitored alarm systems to purchase a yearly permit for $50 as well as possibly face fines for false alarms responded to by police officers.
"We don't want to hold people accountable, even though the ordinance says Oct. 1 when (residents) could make the effort to get it done, but we weren't ready to get it going," Loftin said.
Last year, the Crowley Police Department responded to 532 alarm calls and 429 of those were false alarms. A total of 102 were directed to the fire department and only three were confirmed break-ins.
The new ordinance allows the city to collect for false alarms: 1-3, $0; 4-5 $50 per incident; 6-7, $75 per incident; 8-9, $100 per incident and 10 or more, $100 and police response will be revoked.
"Once we get it all worked out and up and running the ordinance will continue as is," Loftin said. "(The ordinance) is still applicable, but we're not going to enforce it until we get everything situated that makes it fair and reasonable to enforce."