Residents learned how to better secure their homes on Wednesday during the Glendale Police Department’s first-ever Security Expo.
Security system and alarm companies gathered inside the department’s headquarters to offer high-tech defensive services to residents.
Last year, Glendale had 625 burglaries, with more than half of those being residential break-ins.
Concerns from homeowners about burglaries and homeowner anxiety over how to better protect themselves prompted Community Lead Officer Josh Luna to put on the inaugural event.
“Whether they sign up for an alarm or they don’t, it’s good for us to interact with the public,” he said. “It’s good for them to know we are assisting them in being safe.”
The event also gave residents an opportunity to learn more about the city’s fees and permitting process for alarm systems.
Glendale requires all businesses and homeowners to obtain a permit for any security system, said Priscilla Navarro, the city’s alarm desk representative.
Permits for alarms cost $75 annually for residents and $100 for businesses.
Business owners and homeowners who don’t have proper security system permits can face steep fees, she added.
-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News