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.
In the heart of America's early colonial settlement region lies Chesapeake. Although for most of its history the town was agricultural, today's Chesapeake has strong communications, retail and finance sectors. Chesapeake, like most Virginia cities, has significant local licensing. In many cases, applicants must apply in person. State licenses are also prevalent and an entrepreneur can expect several steps in the road to being properly licensed.