Alarm Ordinance Highlights
- All alarms must be registered before use.
- If you fail to register your alarm you will be fined $100.
- The initial registration fee will be $15 for the first year.
- The renewal fee will be $5 each year after that.
- Each registered alarm will have three (3) free false alarm calls each year. Each subsequent false alarm will incur a service charge of $50.
Repeated Malfunction Within 72 hours
If you have a problem with your alarm which causes it to malfunction repeatedly within a seventy-two hour period you may ask that these be put together as one occurrence if you can show:
- The problem was corrected and you do not have any other false alarms within 30 days for the same problem. This is called the common cause provision.
Tips to reduce false alarms
- If you accidentally set off your alarm, let your alarm company know. Remember your pass code and/or password.
- Make sure that all alarm users and key holders to the building or home are trained to use the system and know the codes to arm and disarm the system including how to cancel a false alarm.
- Do not call 911 to cancel a false alarm. You should call your alarm company.
- You may arrange to have your alarm company call you or another designated person first, instead of the police, when your alarm is activated. This is known as verification.
- If you expect workers, real estate agents, delivery persons, etc., you should not set your alarm. If you must set your alarm, meet with the people at your site to deactivate the alarm.
- If your system sends a duress signal when an incorrect code is entered, you might consider having that feature disconnected. Often in a rush to arm or disarm the alarm, an incorrect code is entered and the police are dispatched.
- Be sure that doors and windows are tight fitting. Adjust hinges and strike plates so the door only moves about ¼ inch when pulled or pushed on. Have an alarming delay of at least 45 seconds on all doors.