False Alarms Inquiries
This program monitors false alarm reports within the City, and records, reviews, and works with business owners to prevent nuisance. Repeat violators are sent warning letters and are eventually billed on an increasing scale for repeated ordinance violations.
False Alarm Inquiries
Per Sec. 14-10 – Alarm Systems:
False alarm shall mean an alarm signal activated by inadvertence, negligence, or unintentional act necessitating response by the police department and/or fire department.
Exceptions. The following circumstances shall not constitute a false alarm, and no fee shall be assessed:
1. Alarm conditions activated by a person working on the alarm system with prior notification to the city police department and/or fire department.
2. Alarms which can be substantiated as being activated by disruption or disturbance of utility company facilities or motor vehicle-utility pole accidents or by storm conditions.
Any person wishing to appeal a false alarm bill must submit their reason for the request in writing, along with any supportive documentation, to the Security Systems Board via the Chief of Police. The Security Systems Board will schedule a hearing date/time and meet on a monthly basis to grant a hearing to review these appeals.
Please call to confirm your attendance. Failure to appear means abandonment of your appeal.
The board shall meet on a monthly basis to consider all appeals properly filed. After hearing an appeal, the board may sustain the assessment of the false alarm fee, or cancel the assessment.
• The findings and decisions of the security systems board shall be summarized, reduced to writing, and filed with the office of the chief of police.
• No more than two appeals may be filed by any person affected by the assessment of a false alarm fee per calendar year.