Is your alarm system registered?

Most jurisdictions require you to register your alarm system with their department. Law Enforcement personnel respond to thousands of false alarm calls yearly. These unnecessary responses result in an enormous burden in manpower and expense which in turn reduces the time available to respond to real emergencies.

Residential, business and commercial alarm systems must be registered, and renewed every year, if they are monitored, or if they have flashing lights, sirens, or anything else that causes the police to provide services.

If there has been a change to the information you provided during registration or renewal, you must notify us within 10 days.

Vehicles do not need to be registered unless they are permanently located at one location.

To maximize service and response time:

Make sure your house numbers are easily visible from the street, day and night.
If you have an address that is difficult to find, be sure to give specific directions to your alarm monitoring company and make a note of it on your registration form.
Have a current list of at least two emergency contacts on file with the False Alarm Enforcement Unit.
Request that your alarm company contacts two phone numbers on the contact list prior to calling the police.

False Alarm Defined
A false alarm is a signal from a burglar alarm system that elicits a response by the police when no emergency, actual or threatened criminal activity requiring immediate response exists. This includes signals activated by negligence, accident, mechanical or electrical failure; signals activated intentionally in non-emergency situations and signals for which the actual cause is unknown.

An alarm is not false if the alarm user proves:
 An individual activated the alarm based on reasonable belief that an emergency, actual or threatened criminal activity requiring immediate response existed.
 The alarm system was activated by lightning or an electrical surge that caused physical damage to the system, as evidenced by written documentation of a licensed alarm system contractor who conducted an on-site inspection and personally observed damage to the system.
 The user experienced a power outage of four or more hours causing the alarm to activate upon restoration of power, as evidenced by written documentation provided by Florida Power and Light or other applicable providers.

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