The False Alarm Reduction Program's mission is to reduce the number of false alarm calls in the City of Milton. A high percentage of dispatched alarm calls are false, and this creates an undue burden on patrol officers responding.
City ordinance requires all alarm systems to be registered with the city within five business days of their installation. Upon registering the alarm, the user will be required to provide the following information:
You may click here to find the Alarm Registration Application.
It shall be a violation for any burglar or fire alarm user to cause, allow or permit three or more false alarms in any 12-month period. It shall also be a violation for any burglar or fire alarm user to fail or otherwise refuse to comply with the registration or equipment requirements.
No person shall intentionally make, turn in, or report a false alarm of fire, false request for police, ambulance assistance or aid, or abet in the commission of such act.
In order to limit the number of false alarms in the city, the Police Department will track false alarms. If a false alarm occurs at your residence, a False Alarm Notice will be left in a conspicuous area. For the third and each subsequent false alarm that occurs at the same premises within a permit year may be assessed against an alarm user as follows:
|Third False Alarm||$50.00|
|Fourth False Alarm||$100.00|
|Fifth or More False Alarm||$150.00|
A false alarm is any activation of a signal from a burglar or fire alarm system which elicits a response from the Police or Fire-Rescue Department when there is no emergency or actual/threatened criminal activity. This definition includes, without being limited, to: any burglar alarm system activated as a result of weather, negligence, accident, mechanical failure, electrical failure, electrical surge, signals activated intentionally in non-emergency situations, and signals activated where the actual cause of such activation is unknown.
There is a rebuttable presumption that an activated burglar or fire alarm system signal is a false alarm if the responding personnel, after following normal procedures in their response and investigation, find no evidence of unauthorized entry, criminal activity or other emergency.
An activated alarm system signal shall not be considered a false alarm if:
Registration fee offsets the cost of administering the program and ensures that the user maintains accurate data in the system for police response to alarm calls. This fee applies to both residences and businesses.
Yes. There is a penalty of $100 for unregistered alarms.
Yes. Appeals can be made to Jeanette Citta at the City of Milton, 678.242.2570.