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Alarms, Cameras, and the IoT

As technology continues to evolve, so do our common day uses of it.  From alarm systems to cameras to smoke detectors that are internet connected, people are finding new ways to modernize their homes, businesses and lives.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of physical things embedded with sensors, software, electronics and connectivity to allow it to perform better by exchanging information with other connected devices, the operator or the manufacturer.

The City of Georgetown and the Georgetown Police Department have established a False Alarm Reduction Unit and a City Ordinance (6.60) that requires all members of the Georgetown community that have alarms, either residential or commercial, to register the alarm with the Police Department. The establishment of the Unit and the ordinance is in an effort to begin to reduce the number of false alarm calls for service that the Police Department responds to on an annual basis.  To register, visit either our Residential Alarm Permit page or our Commercial Alarm Permit page.

The Georgetown Police Department has partnered with CrimeReports.com to provide a forum where businesses and residents can voluntarily register their camera systems. In the event of a nearby crime, officers would then let the camera owner know that there is an opportunity to help solve the crime. The program is completely free and there is no obligation to provide the video footage requested.  It’s completely voluntary.  If you would like to help solve crimes and catch criminals using your home or business surveillance system, please register your camera today at our camera registration page.