COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL ALARM USERS
On May 15, 2011, a new regulation of commercial and residential alarms within the Town went into effect. The reason is the Wickenburg Police and Fire Departments expend a significant amount of time and resources responding to false fire and burglar alarms. Then, once at the scene of the alarm, the Police and/or Fire responders are often unable to locate a responsible person to address and silence the false alarm resulting in disturbance of the peace and misusing public safety resources.
STEP 1. INFORMING YOU OF THE NEW ALARM PERMIT REGULATIONS:
§ It shall be unlawful to operate or cause to be operated an alarm system within the Town limits without a valid Alarm Permit being registered with the Town Alarm Administrator.
§ An Alarm Permit Registration form must be completed and given to the Town Alarm Administrator prior to a new alarm installation or activation.
§ Current alarms users must register the alarm by Monday, August 1, 2011 with the Town’s Alarm Administrator, Sam Hayden. 928-684-5411
§ The application information will assist the Safety Personnel responding to the alarm in knowing if there are any dangerous or special conditions present at alarm site. We do not want anyone hurt responding to an alarm; especially a false alarm.
§ Once the Permit is issued, the user shall make it available at the alarm site for inspection by the Alarm Administrator if requested.
§ Emergency response time to an alarm is critical for everyone. Two individuals shall be listed as contacts in case of activation.
§ Responding to the alarm site is 15 minutes during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; therefore, we strongly suggest the “alarm responder” be a local resident.
§ Responding to the alarm site during all other times shall be no longer than 25 minutes. AGAIN, we strongly recommend the “alarm responder” be a local resident.
STEP 2. ADVISE YOU OF THE FALSE ALARM VIOLATIONS AND ASSESSMENT:
§ If Police and/or Fire Department records indicate 3 or more false alarms within a Permit (calendar) year the Alarm Administrator will contact the alarm user and request a Report be submitted within 10 days.
§ The Report will contain a description of action taken or action to be taken to discover and stop the cause of the continued false alarms. The Report may also contain specific defenses, if any, as to why the alleged false alarms should not be considered false.
§ The Report needs to be received by the Alarm Administrator within the 10 days or it will be deemed the user waived their right to any further review or hearing and be assessed a fine. THE FINE IS $100.00 PER FALSE ALARM UPON THE 4th FALSE ALARM IN ONE CALENDAR YEAR.
§ If the Report is received within the 10 day time period; the Alarm Administrator will review it and determine the best course of action to take up to and including a possible fine.
§ Any alarm user aggrieved by Alarm Administrator may appeal the decision to a Hearing Officer.
STEP 3. REQUEST YOU REGISTER ALL YOUR ALARM SYSTEMS WITH THE TOWN ALARM ADMINISTRATION WITHIN THE
NEXT 90 DAYS:
§ Fill out an Alarm Permit Registration form for each alarm system you use and return it to Town Hall. THE PERMIT IS FREE.
§ Deadline for alarm registration compliance is set for Monday, AUGUST 1, 2011.
§ The first Alarm Permit Registration issued shall be good through December of 2012. After that, a renewal notice will be mailed to you to complete and return for the next year’s Permit.
§ The Permit is based on a calendar year (January – December) and is non-transferable.
SAM HAYDEN, ALARM ADMINISTRATOR @ 928-684-5411
WICKENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
When returning Alarm Registration form Save a Stamp and drop it off at Town Hall; or, fax it at the number on Registration Form; or put completed Registration Form in with your Town Utility payment.