TEMPLE -- Temple police are reminding people to make sure to get a permit for your home or business alarm system.
A law requires owners of alarm systems to have a permit to cut back on false alarms.
Police responded to nearly 6,000 false alarms in the past two years. The permits will keep track of the alarms, and if you have too many false ones, you'll have to pay a fee.
Police hope the fees will discourage people from allowing too many false alarms.
"A false alarm when there's not really a crime in progress, is something you want to try to limit so that our resources can be used where they should be and not going to something that is not a true crime in progress," said Sgt. Brad Hunt.
False alarm fees range anywhere from $25 to $50 depending on how many you get in a year.
For businesses that penalty fee can be as much as $100.
To avoid false alarms, make sure to check your batteries and maintain your equipment.