Can you use a home alarm system (say ADT), without the monitoring?
My reason for asking is because in my County (Sacramento) they now require an Alarm permit. I had no idea. My husband set off the alarm by mistake, but that triggered ADT to notify the County that we have a security system. I got a bill for $50 to get a permit. I paid it, but now ADT wants us to sign a new contract with them because the bill still comes in my mother in laws name (husband was in Iraq when she set it up and I wasnt in the picture). This was years ago. I just pay the darn ADT bill every month, even though it comes in her name. ADT is making a BIG deal over this and I cant figure out why. They even want to come to the house to "test" the system, when they know perfectly well it works. I am wondering if over the years their contracts have changed and they want to add mroe crap in it and I have no idea what the hurry is to get us under a new contract.
Can anybody shed some light on why they might be pressuring us to get under contract ASAP? or if I can have my alarm w/o their service?
PS I also read somewhere that some companies can lock the system to prevent other companies from using it. I wonder if ours is one and that is why they want to come out to "test" it.