Is your alarm vendor properly licensed?

Seattle residents who subscribe to an alarm service can now check if their vendor is properly licensed with the city. The Seattle Police Department Web site has posted a list of licensed alarm companies at:

http://www.seattle.gov/police/programs/alarms/LicensedAlarmCompanies.htm

There are more than 200 alarm vendors operating in the City of Seattle. Most of these businesses currently operate with proper licensing. The City of Seattle Department of Executive Administration – Revenue and Consumer Affairs issues a Unique Identifying Number (UIN) to each licensed alarm company. Vendors are required to provide their UIN to 911 dispatchers when reporting alarms. Alarm vendors without a UIN are unlicensed and are in violation of city code.

Customers who do not find their vendor on the list of licensed alarm companies should contact their alarm customer service representative and inquire about the company’s licensing. Alarm vendors who are not listed on the Police Department’s registry are urged to contact Inspector Sonny Ortiz at (206) 684-8401 or Inspector Terry Boyle at (206) 684-8406.