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.
Lexington, Kentucky has long been known as the capitol of thoroughbred horse breeding. The Lexington area's long history of "gentleman farming" led to a strong livestock industry. Later, the city became home to the University of Kentucky which remains the city's largest employer. Entrepreneurs looking to join the Lexington economy will find relatively simple and few licenses from the local city-county combined government. Instead, more licensing is done at the state level.