Rep. Warren Petersen is sponsoring House Bill 2504 which, if passed, would allow anyone to come into your home and sell, install or repair alarm systems. The bill takes the right to license alarm companies and installers away from the state board of technical registration and all cities and counties and, instead, not allow anyone but the state to license them. But guess what? The state is not going to license them.
How would you feel about a criminal who just got out of jail coming into your home to install an alarm that is supposed to protect your spouse and children? That criminal could be back next week to break-in and go after your family and/or valuables.
In 2013, statewide licensing went into effect requiring any person coming into your home or business to sell, install or service an alarm system must be licensed. Licensure includes an FBI fingerprint background check. If a person fails the check, they are denied a license and so, if they come to your home or business saying they are an alarm installer, seller or service person and cannot show you a license from the state board of technical registration, do not let them in and do not give them any information on your alarm system (including whether or not you have one).
There is an ongoing concern about the door-to-door salespeople who come knocking on your door to sell you an alarm system. What if they no longer have to be licensed?
House Bill 2504 will go to the House of Representatives Commerce Committee for vote. If you do not like the idea of criminals coming into your home, contact Rep. Petersen, the sponsor of the bill, and the following representatives on the committee:
•Warren Petersen (Gilbert) 602-926-4136 firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Rep. Jill Norgaard (Phoenix) 602-926-3140 email@example.com.
•Rep. Jay Lawrence (Scottsdale) 602-926-3095 firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Rep. Tony Rivero (Peoria) 602-926-3104 email@example.com.
•Rep. TJ Shope (Coolidge) 602-417-3012 firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Rep. Diego Espinoza (Tolleson) 602-926-3134 email@example.com.
•Rep. Charlene Fernandez (Yuma) 602-926-3098 firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Rep. Stefanie Mach (Tucson) 602-926-3398 email@example.com.
Arizona Alarm Association
Editor’s note: The above letter was printed in the Feb. 4, 2015, issue of the East Mesa Independent newspaper.
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