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Illegal for central station to monitor accounts for unlicensed alarm dealers
June 21, 2024
Illegal for central station to monitor accounts for  unlicensed alarm dealers  
          I read your article/discussion about “Can a subcontractor work for an unlicensed alarm company” which was published on your website on Apr 10, 2024. Would you have any update on which “7 states have laws criminalizing aiding and abetting unlicensed activity in the state”?
 Thank you,
Pauline M
Legal and Compliance Coordinator
          I confess I have not visited this issue since writing an article:
Should Central Stations Monitor For Unlicensed Dealers on February 7, 2017 which can be read on K&K’s website at:
          To get the states [there were 7 in 2017; could be more now], call your central station and if it doesn’t know call Rapid Response’s license coordinator at Rapid [listed on The Alarm Exchange].
          The states, and I haven’t checked for this article, make it illegal to aid and abet an unlicensed alarm company by monitoring that company’s alarm accounts.  This is a criminal statute aimed at the central station; the dealer has its own worries for non-compliance with the licensing law in those states.
          I am going to guess that most central stations aren’t even aware of these criminal statutes.  Some central stations don’t even realize they need to be licensed in all states requiring a license to provide monitoring services.  Some manufacturers who are now providing automated monitoring, getting the signal from the customer’s alarm and then passing it along to the central station, don’t realize it needs to be licensed in some states for monitoring.  These are complicated and technical issues.  Central stations and manufacturers will need to engage K&K for research and opinion, or find someone else, or just keep ignoring the issue and hope they don’t get caught.

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