Alarm and security businesses bear the burden of serious responsibility. Not only do they protect homes and businesses from threat and violence, but they are entrusted with knowing when people come and go – and their very lives. The amount of knowledge and care required has prompted states to combat abuse, fraud and scams by requiring alarm and security companies to hold licenses. Many cities further these measures with local permits and registrations.
Tucson has fewer licenses and permits than Phoenix, but still a fair amount of licensing required for new businesses. Fortunately, Arizona has a well-organized set of applications and processes. Business owners must also collect licenses from a combination of Tucson and Pima County, some of which require visiting government offices in-person. Tucson's economy includes industrial giants such as Raytheon Missile Systems, Texas Instruments, IBM, Intuit Inc., Universal Avionics, Sunquest Information Systems, Sanofi-Aventis, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., and Bombardier Aerospace. Further, Tucson has become a hotbed for optics businesses and technology, housing more than 150 companies in the optics field.