Help BFAAM Preserve the Industry License

Today, there are nearly 300 companies here in Michigan licensed to provide security alarm services across our state.  This is a very competitive industry that ensures safety for our customers.  Yet very large and influential telecommunication corporations seek legislation to undo the industry license - a model license for the industry - and in doing so the legislation jeopardizes consumer protections.

The industry welcomes the addition of large telecommunication competitors to the already competitive industry.  However, BFAAM advocates for a level playing field for all competitors in an industry licensed by the state of Michigan to provide appropriate safeguards for consumers.  In other words, BFAAM recommends simplification and amendments to the current industry licensing standards, not the creation of a new registration provision that adds additional regulations and definitions.

BFAAM needs your help! 

Click here to view a sample memo you can use and share it with your state representative TODAY! 

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Click here to download the chart comparing the safeguards in the current license to the proposals outlined in the new registration process.  You may wish to share this your state representative as well. 

If Senate Bills 1291 and SB 1292 continue to move through the legislative process, BFAAM believes that the package can still create a level playing field for all alarm businesses and still ensure consumer safety through a few very reasonable changes.  Without these amendments Michiganconsumers risk inviting criminals into their homes and businesses.   BFAAM recommends the following in order to protect our customers and Michigan consumers:

  • BFAAM recommends the background checks should be performed by the Michigan State Police (MSP) or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as they are in the current act.  After all, who better than MSP or FBI knows if an individual has a felony on record?  BFAAM is concerned that private background checks are neither consistent nor accurate enough for this industry from a consumer safety standpoint. 
  • Staff who monitor alarms at a central station should also not have a felony record and should have to comply with the regulations the same as any other security alarm employee.  BFAAM recommends for SB 1291, Section 4, (2) adding the word “monitor” after the word “install” in that subsection.  BFAAM believes it is just as important for a consumer to know who is watching the alarms and cameras as it is for them to know who is installing them.
  • The bill provides for enforcement on unregistered alarm companies.  BFAAM recommends extending enforcement for these bills on registered companies as well.  This would make the registrants accountable for what they do when operating in this industry and allowing the department to go after bad actors who try to skirt this registration act.  After all, why create a process if there are no penalties for not following the rules laid out in the process?  And registered companies should be treated any differently than unregistered companies.