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2019 Ordinances

DateStateCityHeadline
09.13.19GASandy SpringsGA: 911 false alarm calls decline in Sandy Springs ...
9.13.19 - CBS 46 - Sandy Springs, Ga. – Sandy Springs Police said their new verification ordinance
09.12.19ONWaterlooON: Regional Police losing almost $500,000 to false alarms ...
9.12.19 - Kitchener Today - Almost half a million dollars was lost in 2018 to false alarms. That's according to Regional Police who received 5,060 alarm calls, only three per ...
09.12.19ONWaterlooON: Waterloo Region police to implement new false alarm ...
9.12.19 - The Record - Looking to reduce the number of “false alarms” in Waterloo Region, police will adopt a Verified Alarm Response System (VARP) to start the ...
09.10.19GAKennesawGA: Kennesaw police registering private security cameras and ...
9.10.19 - Marietta Daily Journal - “Kennesaw Community Watch allows our citizens and businesses free registration for camera and security alarm systems with the police ...
09.10.19GAKennesawGA: New program, ASAP, speeds up emergency response time
9.10.19 - WJXG - Augusta, GA - New program, ASAP, speeds up emergency response time ... - You might start noticing faster response times from first responders. ... transmit alarm signals directly into the system at the 911 call center.
09.06.19FLCape CoralFL: False alarm fine stuns Cape Coral new homeowner. Now, here's what ...
9.6.19 - Wink news - False alarm fine stuns Cape Coral new homeowner. Now, here's what she owes....
09.05.19ALHuntsvilleAL: Huntsville Fire and Rescue starts new safety measure to ...
9.5.19 - WAAY - Huntsville Fire and Rescue now has new technology to protect your place of business in an emergency. If you're a new business owner, you'll ...
09.05.19DEMilfordDE: Council Revisits Business Licenses
9.5.19 - Milford Live - by Terry Rogers. On August 26, Milford City Council authorized City Planner Rob Pierce to develop an ordinance that would require business ...
09.05.19GAAugustaGA: System to improve alarm response times launched at Augusta 911 ...
9.5.19 - Augusta Chronicle - A system designed to improve emergency call processing and response times was launched at the Augusta 911 Center Tuesday.
09.04.19ABDrumhellerAB: RCMP Policy Change Reviewed at Council ...
9.4.19 - drumhelleronline.com - Drumheller Town Council revisited a change to the RCMP's Alarm Policy on Tuesday, September 3. The policy was changed in August of 2018 ...
08.30.19ILBeloitIL: Ordinance changes eyed for inspections
8.30.19 - Beloit Daily News - BELOIT - The Beloit City Council could consider five possible city ordinance changes at Tuesday's regular meet.
08.29.19CALodiCA:: Lodi Police to Start Fining 911 Callers for False Alarms
8.29.19 - FOX40 - LODI -- Lodi police say they have been responding to too many false alarm calls from homeowners and businesses. “We have a lot of ...
08.27.19CASan RafaelCA: False alarm ordinance under consideration in San Rafael, Calif.
8.27.19 – SIW - City would begin issuing fines with the very first false call under current proposal
08.24.19CASan RafaelSan Rafael plans fines for accidental burglar alarms
824.19 - Marin Independent Journal - San Rafael is on the verge of adopting a new policy for burglar alarms that will increase fines charged to home and business owners when ...
08.22.19GASandy SpringsVerification rule cuts down on false calls in Sandy Springs - Story ...
8.22.19 - Fox Atlanta - Officials in Sandy Springs said a new ordinance designed to cut down on false alarm calls has already had an impact in just its first 60 days.
08.14.19CTDarienFees for false fire alarms may rise - Darien Times
8.14.19 - Darien Times - Due to the many reported false fire alarms in town, the Darien Board of Selectmen is considering readjusting its fire alarm fee schedule.
08.14.19LAMadisonvilleMadisonville to consider ordinances on false fire alarms, new time for ...
8.14.19 - nola.com - The Madisonville Town Council introduced several new ordinances for public ... the starting time of council meetings up an hour, from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meeting ... Fines would be imposed if more than three false alarms are ...
08.13.19WARedmondSecurity system false alarms dropping in Redmond, Bend;
8.13.19 - Security system false alarms are, from a police perspective, an annoying waste of resources that leave the community less safe. Rules passed ...
08.08.19NYAmherstAvoidable police alarms would bring higher fines in Amherst – The ...
8.8.19 - Buffalo News - Amherst plans to increase the fines it charges residential and commercial property owners for avoidable alarms that require police response, ...
08.08.19ONHamiltonHamilton cops to require proof of threat before sending officers to ...
8.8.19 - CBC - Hamilton cops to require proof of threat before sending officers to burglary alarms. Hamilton police will only respond to alarm calls if security companies can verify the danger.
08.01.19SKReginaAlarm calls for service down 32 per cent since response policy changes: Regina police
8.1.19 - Regina Leader-Post - "If they're not going to an alarm, which 99.4 per cent of the time is false then it frees them up to get to other calls quicker."
07.28.19MNMinneapolisIn Minneapolis, 911 nonresponses underscore needs for more cops, advocates say
7.28.19 - Star Tribune - By the time the call was canceled, at 3:42 p.m., it had been pending for more than 43 minutes.
07.24.19OHLorainFalse Alarm Ordinance Notice | Lorain Police Department
7.24.19 - Important Notice Regarding the Alarm Ordinance Program for The City of Lorain. In order to reduce the number of false alarms and ...
07.14.19OHPortageFalse alarms take up valuable police time
7.14.19 - Record-Courier- If you have a security system in your home, you've likely set it off accidentally at least once ... maybe even multiple times. If so, you're not alone. False alarms ...
07.12.19TXFort WorthConfusion Costs Fort Worth Couple Thousands Of Dollars In False ...
7.12.19 - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth- (CBSDFW.COM) - Confusion cost a Fort Worth couple thousands of dollars in false alarm fees, but the Ones For Justice found it wasn't entirely ...
07.11.19ILChicagoLandlord Shocked To Find He Was Charged For Police Responses To ...
7.11.19 - CBS Chicago- Accidentally setting off your home alarms seems like no big deal, but it could cost thousands of dollars like it did for one landlord in Matteson ...
07.06.19 CAUkiahUkiah police offer false alarm prevention tips
7.6.19 - Ukiah Daily Journal- What is a false alarm? The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, accident, malfunction, misuse, improper activation or negligence.
07.02.19ILMolineCity of Moline City Council met June 25
7.2.19 - Rock Island Today- response to false alarms by its police and fire personnel impacts their resources and may put residents at greater risk. The City Council therefore finds that it is in ...
06.27.19ONReginaNew Regina false fire alarms policy takes effect Canada Day
6.27.19 - Regina Leader-Post- Starting July 1, Regina Fire and Protective Services will charge property owners a fee for responding to a false alarm. City council approved an updated fire ...
06.26.19NYPatchoguePatchogue Restaurant Owner Seeks Class Action Status In False ...
6.26.19 - WSHU- Its operator alleges that Suffolk County issued $1,400 in fines because of four false alarms triggered by construction work. The county then sued the restaurant in ...
06.25.19CTFairfieldFalse Alarm Fines to Increase July 1 in Fairfield, Conn.
6.25.19 - Security Sales & Integration- Fairfield, Conn. — The police department here took to Twitter in announcing an increase in false alarm fines with a goal to stanch the number of dispatches to ...
06.25.19NYPatchoguePatchogue restaurant operator sues Suffolk County over false alarm fees
6.25.19 - Newsday- A Patchogue business has filed a federal lawsuit against Suffolk County over its fees for false alarms, claiming they are unconstitutional and excessive.
06.21.19CTFairfieldFines for false alarms to see increase in Fairfield
6.21.19 - Fairfield Citizen- Fairfield - In an effort to decrease the amount of false alarms police respond to — which the department estimated costs taxpayers more than $80,000 yearly.
06.19.19GASandy SpringsGA: Sandy Springs' new alarm ordinance sees first day
6.19.19 - Atlanta Journal Constitution- The city is now, according to experts, the only one in Georgia whose police will not respond to home and business burglar alarms without video, audio or ...
06.19.19GASandy Springs5 Things to Know: Sandy Springs' false alarm law starts today
6.19.19 - Atlanta Journal Constitution- After eight years trying, tweaking and traveling, it's time to test the city's new guidelines, which include steep fines on alarm companies for repeated false alarms.
06.13.19MNCenturyLink faces more scrutiny from Minnesota regulators after 911 ...
6.13.19 - Minneapolis Star Tribune- The report said that no automatic alarms about the outage were sent to Minnesota's emergency call centers, which weren't formally notified of the dropped 911 ...
06.12.19GSSandy SpringsSandy Springs, alarm companies, customers bracing for false alarm ...
6.12.19 - MDJOnline.com- The city of Sandy Springs' latest amendment to its false alarm ordinance will go into effect June 19. Despite the city giving alarm companies a year to adjust to ...
06.11.19CTNew LondonNew London, Conn., Will Begin Fining False Alarm Offenders
6.11.19 - Security Sales & Integration- New London, CT - Under a new ordinance approved by the City Council here fines of up to $250 for false alarms will be imposed in an effort to curb a ...
06.11.19GAColumbusColumbus Police Department see an increase in false alarm calls
6.11.19 - WRBL- Columbus, GA - The Columbus police department says over the last couple of years there has been a large amount of false alarm calls made putting a ...
06.10.19USTMA Onboards 3 More Jurisdictions to ASAP-to-PSAP Service
6.10.19 - Security Sales & Integration- “We have only been 'live' with the product for five days and out of 95 alarm calls, 15% came in through ASAP freeing up approximately 45 minutes of our ...
6.08.19 ALHuntsvilleAL: Alabama updating 911 system with newer technology
6.8.19 - WAAY- ... 911 with operators being able to text back and newer technology like personal health monitors, crash data in cars and home alarm systems that can send data ...
6.07.19CTNew LondonCT: New London to impose fines for false alarms that call for police response
6.7.19 - theday.com- New London – The City Council has approved an ordinance that will impose fines of up to $250 for false alarms that police say are happening much too ...
6.07.19VAViennaThe Monitoring Association onboards its 50th, 51st, and 52nd PSAP
6.7.19 - SecurityInfoWatch- "We have only been “live” with the product for 5 days and out of 95 alarm calls, 15% came in through ASAP freeing up approximately 45 minutes of our ...
6.03.19WAEverettWA: False Alarm Fines in Everett, Wash., Will Be Sent to Alarm Companies
6.3.19 - A new ordinance leaves it up to security dealers to pass fines to the alarm owners, plus companies will also be charged an annual license fee.
5.9.19GASandy SpringsAlarm companies to address new Sandy Springs law confusion
5.9.19 - Atlanta Journal Constitution- Sandy Springs has announced an event that brings together homeowners and alarm companies to discuss a new city law coming soon that aims to reduce false
5.9.19WARentonRenton requires registration for all alarm systems
5.9.19 - Renton Reporter- All homes and businesses in Renton city limits are now required to register their monitored alarm systems with the city and pay a one-time $25 registration fee.
5.6.19NYSyracuseFalse Fire Alarms...Real Issues
5.6.19 - CNYcentral.com- The Syracuse Fire Dept. responds to a number of “False Alarms” each week and that costs money and resources. However, as NBC3 found out, further ...
5.3.19AZParadise ValleyTown Council discusses future of alarm monitoring, false alarms
5.3.19 - Paradise Valley Independent- In regards to the alarm monitoring service, Police Chief Peter Wingert asked the council for direction on three topics: continuing the service, adding more ...
5.3.19GASandy SpringsSandy Springs police, officials defend security alarm verification
5.3.19 - Reporter Newspapers- Sandy Springs police and elected officials defended the upcoming burglar alarm verification requirement at a May 1 public meeting where residents expressed ..
5.10.19WARentonPolice in Renton, Wash., Hope to Fight False Alarms With New Rules
5.10.19 - Security Sales & Integration- Renton, Wash. - Newly implemented rules here mandate that owners of residential and commercial alarms are now required to register their monitored ...
4.27.19CAOakleyUpdate: Oakley City Council Approves Alarm Ordinance, Increased ...
4.27.19 - EastCountyToday - On Tuesday, the Oakley City Council unanimously approved an Alarm Ordinance Modification which they hope will cut down on the amount of ...
4.26.19VARoanokeMany Roanoke city home, business alarms now go directly to 911 center
4.26.19 - WFIR News Talk Radio- If you have a home or business monitoring alarm system in Roanoke City, there is a good chance any emergency alarm now goes directly to the city's 911 center ...
4.25.19NJRed BankRed Bank Council Appoints Members to the RBRA & Seeks Energy ...
4.25.19 - TAPinto.net- Got an alarm system that gives off false alarms? First two will get you a warning, the third false alarm will cost you $250 and $500 for all subsequent false alarms.
4.24.19VARoanokeRoanoke City 911 launches new alarm system for better, faster ...
4.24.19 - WSLS 10- Roanoke, Va. - If there's an emergency, a new alarm system will help Roanoke city first responders get to your home faster. It's called the Automated Secure ...
4.23.19RIProvidenceProvidence (RI) Ordinance Takes Aim at Reducing False Alarms
4.23.19 - Security Sales & Integration- Providence, R.I. — The police department here has implemented a new false alarm ordinance that requires residential and commercial alarm systems to be ...
4.23.19TNBradley CountyBradley County, Tenn., Becomes 50th Jurisdiction to Adopt ASAP-to ...
4.23.19 - Security Sales & Integration- Bradley County, Tenn., has become the 50th public safety answering point (PSAP) in the nation to go live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP).
04.13.19FLGainesvilleLetters to the editor for April 13, 2019
4.13.19 - Gainesville Sun- The check was to be made out to the False Alarm Reduction Unit. I have not had any triggering of my alarm system in almost five years. Apparently their mission ...
04.13.19NYRiverheadTown hires outside law firm to help collect money from Luminati
4.13.19 - Riverhead News Review- The Riverhead Town Board Thursday voted to hire an outside law firm to help the town collect unpaid runway use agreement fees and unpaid false alarm fees ...
04.12.19TXBrazoportOUR VIEWPOINT: False-alarm fines are necessary
4.12.19 - Brazosport Facts- The regular police presence at some homes or businesses in Clute isn't caused by routine crimes or nervous neighbors. It's because an alarm has alerted ...
04.10.19OKOklahoma CityOklahoma City police propose ordinance to curb false alarm calls
4.10.19 - kfor.com- Oklahoma City - When an alarm goes off police are right there to help, but many times it turns out to be a false call. "We are sending our officers or our fire ...
04.09.19OKOklahoma City OKC Council looking at ways to reduce false alarms – The Journal ...
4.9.19 - https://journalrecord.com - A proposed city ordinance would put a limit on the number of times Oklahoma City police officers respond to false break-in alarms, while a ... The change is needed because “cry wolf” calls cost personnel time that could better ...
04.07.19MEWoolrichOrdinance would let Woolwich recoup some emergency costs
Wiscasset Newspaper- At the May 4 annual town meeting, Woolwich will consider ordinances allowing the fire department to bill for some emergency calls and false alarms. One of the ...
04.01.19GASandy SpringsSandy Springs prepares alarm companies, residents for verification ...
4.1.19 - Reporter Newspapers- The city's new alarm ordinance shifted fines for repeated false alarms to the security companies who service the alarm systems, rather than residents and ...
03.27.19 MEAlnaAlna Voters OK False Alarm Ordinance
3.27.19 - The Lincoln County News- Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett talks to Alna voters about the purpose of a false alarm ordinance during annual town meeting at the fire station Saturday, ...
03.20.19TXVictoriaVictoria council OKs purchase of generator for water treatment plant
3.20.19 - Victoria Advocate- The council also gave final approval to amend city code as it relates to automatic alarm systems. The changes will require all alarm systems to be registered and ...
03.19.19MSOxfordOxford police connect neighbors to curb crime
3.19.19 - WTVA- Oxford, Miss. - Oxford police hope to connect residents with a new technology system to curb crime in the city. Neighbors by Ring is an alarm system ...
03.18.19TXEl PasoEl Paso Fire Department targets deaf community with new alarm system
3.18.19 - cbs4local.com- “The deaf community smoke alarm system consists of 3 items, a strobe smoke alarm, an audible smoke alarm, and then we have what is called a bed shaker,” ...
03.15.19CAOxnardPublic Safety Committee reviews alarm reduction report
3.15.19 - Tri County Sentry- Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council's Public Safety Committee examined the false alarm reduction report, March 12, as the Oxnard Police Department sought ...
03.15.19LSSt. Tammany Parish Council enacts fire alarm ordinance, puts Brister roadway plan ...
3.15.19 - The Advocate-The council also adopted an ordinance that levies fines for repeated false fire alarms, and upheld two denials by the St. Tammany Parish Zoning and Planning ...
03.07.19TXMidlandMan charged for death of Texas LEO responding to burglar alarm
3.7.19 - Police News- Man charged for death of Texas LEO responding to burglar alarm ... shooting at a police officer who had come to his home to investigate a home security alarm.
03.06.19 PADauphin CountyVector Security Goes Live with ASAP-to-PSAP in Dauphin County, Pa.
3.6.19 - Security Sales & Integration- Pittsburgh - With the launch of the automated secure alarm protocol (ASAP) in Dauphin County, Pa., on Feb. 26, Vector Security became the first alarm ...
03.06.19TXLongviewFalse fire alarms can lead to fines for Longview residents, businesses
3.6.19 - KLTV- Longview, TX - If you live in Longview, and your fire alarm cries wolf one too many times, it can cost you. The city ordinance isn't new, but many don't ...
03.06.19TXVictoriaMajor crime rate remains steady despite uptick in violent crime in Victoria
3.6.19 - Victoria Advocate- Also on Tuesday, council members resumed an earlier conversation about automatic alarm systems, after the body decided against adopting a registration fee ...
03.05.19 ILRockfordRockford Fire Department looks to replace alarm monitoring system
3.5.19 - WREX-TV- Rockford – The Rockford Fire Department wants to replace an alarm monitoring system, which would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
03.05.19TNCastalian SpringsMidstate man says wife could still be alive if it weren't for 911 ...
3.5.19 - WSMV Nashville- “I truly believe she would still be alive here today if they got here when the alarm goes off.”" said Kortely. “It's something no one should ever go through.”.
03.05.19TXMidlandUPDATE: Midland police officer shot and killed overnight by homeowner
3.5.19 – CBS7 - Midland -- A Midland Police Officer was shot and killed overnight according to a city spokesperson. An internal email obtained by multiple media sources reports the officer, his probationary police officer, plus two additional officers responded to a burglar alarm at a Midland home.
03.03.19GADunwoodyDunwoody police chief opposes alarm ordinances like one in Sandy ...
3.3.19 - Reporter Newspapers- As Sandy Springs prepares require verification before responding to security alarms, the Dunwoody police chief has appeared in an industry video against the ...
03.01.19NTYellowknife'It's not slowing down' says Yk fire chief of false alarms
3.1.19 - My Yellowknife Now- With 34 false fire alarms in January alone, Yellowknife's fire chief John Fredericks says the issue is not going away anytime soon and it's costing the department ...
02.26.19NYBathFaster emergency response plan approved
2.26.19 - MyTwinTiers.com- Alarm companies will no longer need to dial into the 911 center, allowing a faster emergency response rate throughout the county. "One of the benefits of this .
02.20.19BCDeltaBC: New strategy greatly reduces number of false alarms in Delta
2.20.19 - Delta-Optimist- A new Delta police policy has resulted in a 45 per cent reduction in false alarm calls, saving more than 700 operational hours. Chief Neil Dubord presented the ...
02.20.19NCOak IslandNC: Paid parking coming to Oak Island; false alarm violations to be penalized
2.20.19 - WECT- An ordinance to regulate police response to false alarms and implement fines for violations was also approved. Town leaders also discussed plans for the Oak ...
02.19.19NTYellowknifeNT: Police to work with building owners on false alarms
2.19.19 - My Yellowknife Now - Yellowknife RCMP's detachment commander Insp. Alex Laporte says the police agency is working on preventing false fire alarms. From January to the end of ..
02.12.19SCHorry CountySC: Misuse of 911 hurts Horry County dispatchers, first responders
2.12.19 - WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC- HCPD hired Meliah Littlejohn in November as its first false alarm clerk. ... "In 2018, it said that we had 13,000-plus alarm calls, of which 43 were actually ...
02.08.19 LASt. TammanyLA: False fire alarm, get a fine? St. Tammany considers penalties for ...
2.8.19 - The Advocate- By instituting fines for repeated false alarms, Santos said, the ordinance would serve as an inducement for the owners of both commercial and residential fire ...
02.06.19ONBrantfordON: Brantford fire department targets false alarms
2.6.19 - Brantford Expositor-False alarms are going to be costly for repeat callers. At an estimates committee meeting this week, city councillors gave tentative approval to implementing a fee ...
02.05.19CAHuntington BeachHB contracts with security system company to help reduce false-alarm ...
2.5.19 - Los Angeles Times- Aiming to curb a high number of false-alarm burglary calls that Police Chief Robert Handy says eat up his staff's time, the Huntington Beach City Council on ...
02.05.19INLawrenceIN: City of Lawrence false alarm bills from Detroit causing confusion
2.5.19 - WRTV Indianapolis- Lawrence — A false alarm on your home alarm system because a code was incorrectly entered or a pet set off a motion detector isn't uncommon, but in some …
02.02.19CAHuntington Beach CA: Huntington Beach to consider changing fees and fines for false-alarm ...
2.2.19 - Los Angeles Times - The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday will consider modifying local fees and fines for false-alarm burglary calls and look into contracting with a security ...
01.30.19CACalexico & Brawley CA: Calexico, Brawley revise false alarm policies
1.30.19 - Imperial Valley Press- Calexico - The cities of Calexico and Brawley revised their respective ordinances regulating alarms in recent weeks, opting to raise the fees associated with ...
01.30.19ONHamiltonON: Police silence on break-in sensor raises (false) alarm
1.30.19 - TheSpec.com- There are better messages to get than the one telling you your security system is suddenly not so secure. Police no longer respond to burglar alarms unless
01.25.19WVMineralWV: Sheriff tells commission he is concerned about false alarms
1.25.19 - Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune- Keyser - Sheriff Jeremy Taylor brought a concern to the Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday dealing with numerous false alarms received throughout ...
01.19.18 CAEurekaCA: Eureka Police will start billing for false alarms
1.19.18 - KRCRTV.COM- According to the Eureka Police Department, starting February 1, they will begin contracting with Phoenix Group Systems to aid in false alarm billing in hopes of ...
01.17.19GASandy SpringsThe Georgia Electronic Life Safety & System Association Files Notice of Appeal in Federal Lawsuit
1.17.19 - SDM - The Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association (GELSSA), A-Com Security Co. LLP and Safecom Security Solutions Inc. alarm companies filed a notice of appeal in their federal lawsuit against the city of Sandy Springs, Georgia, challenging the constitutionality of an ordinance that imposes fines on alarm companies for false alarms caused by alarm users.
01.15.19CTNew MilfordNew Milford Town Council approves new fines for false alarms and inspections
1.15.19 - Danbury News Times- New Milford - The Town Council on Monday approved fines for residents who have repeated false alarms and for those who refuse or ignore the town ...
01.15.19NVWashoe CountyPermit required for alarm system users in Washoe County
1.15.19 - KRNV My News 4- In order to do so, alarm system users, including homes and businesses with an alarm system, are required to obtain a permit from Washoe County to operate an ..
01.14.19ONSaugeen ShoresFalse Alarm Emergency Calls In Saugeen Shores
1.14.19 - Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre- Fire Chief Phil Eagleson says about 100 non-emergency calls involving fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms were dealt with by the Fire Department in 2018.
01.13.19 KSSalinaAlarm ordinance: a better use of resources
1.13.19 - Salina Post- Indeed, prior to the ordinance being implemented, 99 percent of the approximate 2,000 alarm calls the police department received each year were for false ...
01.12.19KSSalinaFalse alarm calls decrease for police due to ordinance
1.12.19 - Salina Journal- Salina police officers are spending less time answering false alarm calls, thanks to an ordinance passed three years ago. Chief Brad Nelson said the ordinance, ...
01.12.19SKMelfortMelfort Fire Department no longer automatically responding to rural ...
1.12.19 - CTV News -The Melfort Fire Department is warning it will only respond to a fire alarm in a rural area if an emergency is confirmed by a witness or owner of the building.
01.09.19ALMontgomeryMontgomery (Ala.) Goes Live With Automated Secure Alarm Protocol
1.9.19 – Security Sales & Integration - Montgomery, Ala. - Users of monitored home and business security alarms here will benefit from faster, more accurate emergency response as the city ...
01.08.19SKReginaRegina police roll out new alarm verification
1.8.19 - CTV News - Cst. Neil Beitel says over the course of his 10-year career as a Canine Division Patrol Officer with the Regina Police Service, he's responded to countless alarm ...

2018 Ordinances

DateStateCityHeadline
12.30.18MABarnstableAn Alarming Reminder from Barnstable Police
12.30.18 - Cape Cod Today - All burglar alarm registrations within the Town of Barnstable will expire on December 31, 2018. If you are an Alarm User, commercial or residential, monitored or ...
12.30.18SKReginaRPS changing alarm response policy
12.30.18 - 620 CKRM.com- The Regina Police Service is changing their response to alarm calls. The move, effective January 1st, is being done in order to make the policy more efficient.
12.23.18NJSpringfieldSpringfield Sends Out Alarm Registration Reminder
12.23.18 - TAPinto.net - Registering an alarm system assists in crime prevention and enables the Police Department to maintain a database of emergency contacts in the event of an ..
12.22.18CTNew MiflordAlarm and inspection ordinances come back to New Milford public
12.22.18 - Danbury News Times- New Milford - Residents will have another chance to comment on proposed fines for false alarms and people who refuse or ignore the town's notices to ...
12.22.18WARentonFalse alarms will result in monetary fine
12.22.18 - Renton Reporter-20 so the council could take a second look. Now the system and some wording has changed but the monetary penalties remain the same. A second false alarm ..
12.20.18GASandy SpringsFederal judge dismisses SIAC lawsuit against Sandy Springs, Ga.
12.20.18 - SIW - Alarm industry, Metro Atlanta municipality remain at odds over alarm ordinance
12.20.18ORPortlandCity looks to fine property owners for repeated false burglary alarm calls
12.20.18 – KATU - Portland, OR – Each year, police respond to 13,000 alarm-triggered break-ins across Portland. Nearly all of them are false alarms - 97 percent to be exact.
12.19.18ARLittle RockLittle Rock 911 Boss: 'It's Moving in the Right Direction'
KARK - Tyrrell says 911 staff is not writing police anymore, they forward non-emergency reports to the department's Telephone Reporting Unit and alarm companies will ...
12.19.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs adds new penalties to false alarm ordinance
12.19.18 - Reporter Newspapers - The alarm industry's lawsuit against the ordinance, which puts alarm companies, rather than individual customers, on the hook for false alarms, was recently ...
12.19.18TNMemphisFalse burglary alarm calls down across Memphis, police say
12.19.18 - FOX13 Memphis - Tougher enforcement and better education are helping to drive down the number of false burglar alarms, which is important for public safety in Memphis.
12.14.18GASandy SpringsJudge dismisses alarm companies' federal lawsuit against Sandy ...
12.14.18 - MDJOnline.com - “I'm gratified that the federal court agrees that the enormous volume of false alarm calls generated by alarm companies is a serious public safety concern and ...
12.13.18GASandy SpringsJudge dismisses case against Sandy Springs for burglar alarm ...
12.13.18 - Atlanta Journal Constitution - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Sandy Springs ordinance that authorizes the city to charge alarm ...
12.11.18 GASandy SpringsFalse Alarm Calls Continue to Strap Police in Sandy Springs, Ga.
12.11.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Sandy Springs, Ga. — A top police official here says the number of false alarm calls coming into the Sandy Springs 911 dispatch center remains problematic ...
12.08.18BCBritish ColumbiaProvince considering new rules around carbon monoxide alarms
12.8.18 - Globalnews.ca - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the province is exploring what more can be done to get more carbon monoxide alarms installed in homes and ...
12.05.18CTNew MilfordNew Milford considers fines for false fire, burglary alarms
12.5.18 - Laredo Morning Times - New Milford - The police department handles hundreds of burglary false alarms each year, but a new alarm ordinance could reduce that number.
12.04.18FLFort MyersWays to maintain your security system to reduce false alarms
12.14.18 - Wink News - In an effort to ensure public safety resources are available when needed, and to reduce the amount of false alarms, Fort Myers Police Department has approved ...
11.28.18 CTNew MilfordNew Law Would Fine False Fire, Burglary Alarms in New Milford
11.28.18 - Patch.com - New Milford, CT - A proposed ordinance would levy fees on residents and business owners who call in false burglary or fire alarms, the News Times is ...
11.23.18WATacomaNew fines in Tacoma for false fire alarms, 911 nonemergency calls ...
11.23.18 - The News Tribune - The 2019-20 Tacoma city budget - approved Tuesday by the City Council- includes two new fines. The first is a $150 penalty for a false fire alarm at a ...
11.21.18WVJefferson CountyPrevalence of false alarm calls remains high
11.21.18 - Port Townsend Leader - The number of unwarranted alarm calls has declined but remains high following the passage of a Jefferson County ordinance which aims to prevent the number ...
11.21.18WVWheelingWheeling Police seeing a reduction of false alarm calls over last two ...
11.21.18 - WTRF - Wheeling, WV - The Wheeling Police Department responds to every burglar alarm whether it is valid or false. In fact, only about less than one percent of all ...
11.19.18VABerryvilleBerryville speed monitoring signs could be slowing drivers
11.19.18 - The Winchester Star - Statistics also show that police have responded to 162 security alarms so far this year. The number of such responses climbed from eight in September to 22 in ...
11.17.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs committee aiming to end false alarms
11.17.18 - MDJOnline.com - Members of Sandy Springs' new alarm advisory committee said the city is making progress in communicating with alarm companies regarding the city's false ...
11.15.18MABarnstableBarnstable Police Remind Burglar Alarm Users to Renew Registration
11.15.18 - CapeCod.com News - HYANNIS – Barnstable Police are reminding commercial and residential burglar alarm users to renew their registrations by the end of the year. Renewal forms ...
11.14.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs prepares for new alarm ordinance
11.14.18 - FOX 5 Atlanta - Sandy Springs, Ga. - Sandy Springs Police and alarm companies are working to get on the same page with the city's new alarm ordinance coming in June.
11.1.18OHDaytonSmart home security systems credited for helping decrease in false ...
11.1.18 – MyDaytonDailyNews - Tougher rules and stiffer penalties have been partly credited with helping with a dramatic decrease in false burglar alarms in the Dayton area, which according ...
11.09.18CAHuntington BeachHB police chief proposes program to try to cut false alarms
11.9.18 - Los Angeles Times - Citing high numbers of false alarm burglary calls from businesses and residents eat up time for the Huntington Beach Police Department, Chief Robert Handy is ...
11.07.18ORNewportProblem 911 callers will now be charged
11.7.18 - Newport News Times - “Each time an alarm goes off, it requires 15 to 30 minutes of time by either the police or fire department to respond,” said City Manager Spencer Nebel. “For fire ...
10.30.18NEOmahaFireworks, false alarms targeted by county ordinances
10.30.18 - Omaha World Herald - The second would impose financial penalties on persons or businesses whose alarm systems send more than five false alarms to the sheriff's office during the ...
10.26.18SCGreenvilleGPD: New alarm ordinance to improve police readiness & public safety
10.26.18 - FOX Carolina - Greenville, S.C (Fox Carolina) - The City of Greenville has approved changes to significantly reduce the number of false burglar alarm activations requiring ...
10.23.18GAAragonAragon council approves lease on more mill pond area
10.23.18 - Northwest Georgia News - The council also chose to table a first reading of a false alarm ordinance for review by Aragon's Municipal Court Judge Terry Wheeler. The forthcoming ...
10.22.18NMAlbuquerqueFalse Fire Alarm Enforcement Set to Begin in Albuquerque, NM
10.22.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Albuquerque, N.M. - In an effort to reduce a preponderance of false fire alarms each year, the Albuquerque Fire Rescue is preparing to enforce an alarm ...
10.19.18NMAlbuquerqueAFR to begin tracking false alarms and fining offenders
10.19.18 - KRQE News 13 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Has the fire department been called to a false alarm at your home or business? Then you're contributing to a growing problem.
10.18.18LAJeff Davis ParishFirst responders receive numerous false alarm calls in Jeff Davis Parish
10.18.18 - KATC Lafayette News - First responders are getting more false alarm calls in Jeff Davis Parish. According to the sheriff's office, only two calls out of 557 this year were valid. Officials say ...
10.16.18VAChesapeakeAutomated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) Adopted in Chesapeake, Va.
10.16.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Pittsburgh - The City of Chesapeake, Va., is the latest municipality to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), according to Vector Security.
10.13.18WVWheelingFalse Alarm Calls On The Decline - Police attribute $55,000 in fines
10.13.18 WHEELING — After assessing $55,000 in fines for false alarm calls, city police have experienced a 14 percent drop in alarm calls during the past 12 months
10.12.18OHRacineFalse alarms could cost security system owners in Ohio town
10.12.18 - WSAZ-TV - Part of the problem comes from a growing load of calls from security systems which are false alarms. Hill estimates there have been 25 so far this year.
10.12.18GAMiltonEscalating Fine Schedule Now Part of Milton (Ga.) Alarm Ordinance
10.12.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Milton, Ga. - The Milton (Ga.) City Council has revised its monitored alarm ordinance to clarify when police will dispatch, along with adopting an escalating
10.10.18ABWetaskiwinCounty of Wetaskiwin sees alarm calls increase
10.10.18 - Pipestone Flyer - “If the alarm is going off, it's for a reason,” said Zajac at his office Sept. 19. He said departments respond to all alarms and the departments have seen a higher ...
10.09.18OHRacineRacine looking to implement fee for repeated false alarms
10.9.18 - Daily Sentinel - Racine - Racine Village Council recently approved a second reading of an ordinance which will assess a fee for repeated false fire alarm calls. Under the ...
10.04.18PALower MerionLower Merion Township Alarm Registration Fees Increase by 4 Percent
10.4.18 - TAPinto.net - Ardmore, Pa - Lower Merion Township officials raised the annual fee for registering security alarm systems by 4 percent. At a public meeting of the township ...
10.01.18FLBrandentonBradenton cracks down on false alarms
10.1.18 - WWSB ABC 7 - Bradenton, FL. - The City of Bradenton is cracking down on false alarm calls. City officials call the false alarms costly and time consuming
09.28.18MAPittsfieldPittsfield councilors find 'gray area' in false alarm enforcement
9.29.18 - Berkshire Eagle - He said high-functioning alarm systems can yield false alarms, too — detecting things like rodents' movements and fluctuations in air flow — and he's not sure ...
09.27.18NLNewfoundland & LabadorAfter years of delays, NL axes plan to charge fees for security system ...
9.27.18 - CBC.ca - The Newfoundland and Labrador government has backtracked on a plan to impose fees on security system owners for false or cancelled alarms — a plan that ...
09.26.18MAPittsfieldPittsfield Council Gets Into Weeds of False Alarm Ordinance
9.26.18 - iBerkshires.com - The Police Department had come to the council with a fairly straightforward request: require those with burglar alarms to register with the city annually
09.24.18TXCollege StationCollege Station Council Approves New Fire False Alarm Fees
9.24.18 - WTAW - The College Station fire department has the green light from the city council to charge fees to the owners of business properties and multi family structures who ...
09.17.18OKOklahoma CityOK: #OKC CivicLife for Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
9.17.18 - NewsOK.com - The police department will negotiate a contract with a software company, Superion, to handle alarm permits and collections for excessive false alarms.
09.17.18CARiversideRiverside police start online site for security alarm users
9.17.19 - Press-Enterprise - The Riverside Police Department has started an online site for security alarm users to manage their alarms, including buying a permit, paying penalties, and ...
09.15.18 OHLisbonTownship left with the bills for jail's false alarms
9.15.18 - Morning Journal News - For years, inmates have regularly broken sprinkler heads or pulled fire alarms, and each time the fire department sends firefighters and a truck, which can cost ...
09.14.18MAPittsfieldNorthport looking at increase in fees for responding to false alarms
9.11.18 – Newsday - Faulty alarm systems could soon cost Northport residents and business owners more money, significantly more money if there are repeated false alarms in a ...
09.13.18ONTorontoNew burglar alarm policy raises concerns for some Toronto residents
9.13.18 - CTV News - Police in Canada's most populous city have changed how they respond to burglar alarms in an attempt to use officers' time more efficiently, but the new policy ...
09.13.18NYNorthportNY village may increase false alarm fees
9.13.18 - SecurityInfoWatch - Faulty alarm systems could soon cost Northport residents and business owners more money, significantly more money if there are repeated false alarms in a ...
09.11.18NYNorthportNorthport looking at increase in fees for responding to false alarms
9.11.18 – Newsday - Faulty alarm systems could soon cost Northport residents and business owners more money, significantly more money if there are repeated false alarms in a ...
09.11.18NYNorthportSuffolk County Town Ready To Hit Residents With Huge Fees For ...
9.11.18 - CBS New York - Northport, NY - Get ready to fork over big time fees in one Long Island village. Officials are fed up with faulty alarm systems in homes and ...
09.11.18SCGreenvilleGreenville looks to strengthen false-alarm ordinance
9.11.18 - Greenville Journal - The Greenville Police Department responded to nearly 3,400 alarms during the first eight months of 2018, according to department officials. Because the police ...
09.10.18ONTorontoToronto police will no longer respond to burglar alarms without proof ...
9.10.18 - Toronto Star - Toronto police say they will no longer respond to burglar alarms unless evidence of criminal activity is provided, citing an internal review that showed about 97 ...
09.10.18CAAlamedaAlameda to charge for false fire alarms
East Bay Times - Alameda - False fire alarms take up time for firefighters who respond, and soon will literally cost money for those who may be responsible for the alarms.
09.07.18SKReginaNew proposed fire bylaw changes include false alarm, inspection fees
9.7.18 - Regina Leader-Post - Proposal: Fees for responding to false alarms due to a malfunctioning alarm or security systems mistakenly routed to RFPS. A warning letter will be issued after ...
09.05.18LALafayetteLPD wants to remind residents, businesses about alarm ordinance
9.5.18 - KATC Lafayette News - Lafayette City Police want to remind residents and business owners in the city of the city's alarm ordinance. The ordinance has been in effect since the 1990s, ...
08.30.18GABrookhavenBrookhaven pauses enforcing false alarm ordinance targeting security ...
8.30.18 - Reporter Newspapers- Alarm companies got a stay on being required to pay fines on false alarms in Brookhaven after the City Council decided to hold off enforcement of its new false ...
08.28.18CTMeridenCouncilors back new fee plan for fire department services in Meriden
8.28.18 - Meriden Record-Journal - Morgan said the department recently found an ordinance in the City Charter allowing fees following the fourth false alarm, an ordinance the department has ...
08.27.18TNMemphisFalse Alarm Fine Increase Led to Reduction in Dispatches, Memphis ...
8.27.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Memphis, TN - City officials here are crediting an increase in false alarm fines with a reduction in police dispatches to nuisance alarms. According to city ...
08.24.18ABAlbertaAB: If the alarm rings: RCMP may not answer
8.24.18 - Edson Leader - New Alberta RCMP policy says if a security alarm is only triggered once, they won't ... According to a press release, the RCMP say most alarms that are only ...
08.24.18TNMemphisTN: Higher fines lead to fewer false alarm calls
8.24.18 - WMC Action News 5 - City of Memphis said a crackdown on false alarms is keeping more police on the streets instead of checking out bogus calls.
08.17.18ABAlbertaAB: Alberta RCMP Revises False Alarm Dispatch Plan
8.17.18 - HighRiverOnline.com - As of July 13, the RCMP will no longer be responding to property alarms that are only triggered once, instead choosing to verify the status of the building with the ...
08.16.18WARentonWA: Renton police consider $250 fines for false alarms
8.16.18 - KIRO Seattle - Renton, Wash. - Renton police say they're wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money by responding to false alarms. KIRO 7 Reporter ...
08.14.18ABAlbertaAB: Alberta RCMP change alarm response policy to free up resources
8.14.18 - CBC.ca - RCMP in Alberta are no longer responding to alarms that are triggered just once, saying the practice has not been a good use of resources. "With one-hit alarms, ...
08.09.18BCPentictonPolice call BC pharmacy's use of panic button 'unnecessary'
8.9.18 -North Delta Reporter - When should a panic alarm be used to notify police? Pharmacist Joelle Mbamy and RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager have differing opinions on the matter, following ...
08.02.18GAMiltonGA: Milton moves to update city alarm ordinance
8.2.18 - Atlanta Journal Constitution - The Milton City Council has had a first reading of an updated alarm ordinance that revises fines for false alarms and details how security monitoring companies ...
08.02.18OHLorainOH: Ohio Municipality Adopts False Alarm Ordinance, Dealers Must ...
8.2.18 - Security Sales & Integration - Lorain, Ohio - The City Council here has unanimously passed an alarm ordinance aimed at cutting down on false alarms from security systems in homes and ...
08.01.18INRipleyIN: Ripley Co. Commissioners Pass False Alarm Ordinance
8.1.18 - Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - The Ripley County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that county commissioners have passed an ordinance regarding false alarm calls for both residences ...
07.31.18OHLorainMI: Lorain Council votes unanimously to approve rezoning to lure VA back
7.31.18 - Chronicle Telegram - Colon said the percentage of times the call is actually a false alarm as opposed to a real one is probably closer to 90 percent because if an officer adds ...
07.31.18ABAlbertaRCMP false alarm policy changed
7.31.18 - Sherwood Park News - In 2017, Alberta RCMP received close to 15,500 false alarm calls that were equal to almost 8,000 “human resources hours that could have been dedicated to ...
07.25.18NVRenoPhone Scam Involving The “City Alarm Program” Making The Rounds
7.25.18 - KKOH -Police say the scam works like this: A resident gets a call from someone claiming to be with the “City Alarm Program,” and told there is a fine owed at the ...
07.24.18LAMauriceVillage of Maurice to decide on false fire alarm ordinance
7.24.18 - KLFY - Maurice Fire Chief Matthew Trahan says, "If I'm not mistaken in the year of 2017, there were close to 600 false alarms. This is a very high cost to operations as ...
07.22.18NSHalifaxHalifax takes $690K in new false-alarm fee, but doesn't silence the bells
7.22.18 - CBC.ca - New fines for false-alarm emergency calls have brought in $690,000 to the Halifax Regional Municipality in less than a year, but haven't reduced the
07.20.18 FLOrlandoOrlando poised to require smoke alarms in rental homes after spate of ...
7.20.18 - Orlando Sentinel - On Monday, the Orlando City Council will vote to make property maintenance codes stricter for landlords, including a requirement that smoke alarms must be in ...
07.20.18 ILRockfordRockford Fire responded to over 160 false alarm calls in June alone
7.20.18 - MyStateline.com - First responders precious time is often tied up with false alarms. Just in June, the department responded to 164 calls that turned out to be false alarms -- that's the ...
07.18.18NYSuffolkNY: Suffolk Legislature July 17 Meeting Agenda: Funding for Public Safety ...
7.18.18 - LongIsland.com - ... Improving the Alarm System Permitting Law to allow County residents who have failed to register their alarm to have the first time false alarm fee waived; …
07.17.18VTBellows FallsExcessive police calls prompt ordinance review
7.17.18 - Brattleboro Reformer - The Bellows Falls village ordinance committee will try to tackle that issue in the ... if they hear water running, or if they hear an alarm going off, the chief said.
07.13.18NYLong IslandFine surprises homeowner after outage sets off unregistered burglar ...
07.11.18CAMercedMerced police say 90 percent of these calls are 'false alarms.' Police ...
07.11.18SCHorry Countyhttps://www.wbtw.com/news/grand-strand/horry-county-plagued-by-false-alarms-new-position-aims-to-cut-down-on-problem/1296799170
07.03.18CAMercedCA: Central California City Implements False Alarm Reduction Program
07.02.18GAFort MadisonCarbon Monoxide Alarm law now in effect
06.29.18TXAbileneCity of Abilene Alarm System Policy
06.20.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs alters alarm law again, requiring video, audio evidence
06.19.18GASandy SpringsSandy Springs revises false alarm ordinance
06.19.18CAChicoCity moves ahead with false fire alarm fees
06.15.18CASeal BeachCouncil approves new fee increases for city services
06.06.18FLTampa BayAudit: Within 3 years, 93 percent of intrusion alarms in Tampa were false
06.06.18VTRutlandCity landlords challenge fire alarm fees
05.30.18TXPflugervillePflugerville ISD will remove fire alarm levers following Parkland shooting
01.19.18 CAEurekaCA: Eureka Police will start billing for false alarms
1.19.18 - KRCRTV.COM- According to the Eureka Police Department, starting February 1, they will begin contracting with Phoenix Group Systems to aid in false alarm billing in hopes of ...