Register your alarm by Oct. 2
August 25, 2009
UPDATED — 11:47 a.m. Aug. 25, 2009
As part of a recently approved false alarm ordinance, citizens and businesses within the city limits will soon be contacted by their alarm companies to register their alarms.
All alarms in the city must be registered by Oct. 2.
If police respond to a false alarm, and the alarm system hasn’t been registered by Oct. 2, the alarm owner will be fined accordingly, according to Autumn Monahan, city spokeswoman.
A $200 fine is charged if the alarm site does not have a valid permit for each police response. The location will also still have to register their alarm with the $24 permit fee. The alarm company will also be charged a fine, as it’s responsible for facilitating the registration, Monahan said.
In addition, if five false alarms occur at a single address within the two-year permit period, police may not respond to future alarms, she said.
To assist local alarm users through the process, the city has a new false alarm Web site, including a question-and-answer section.
Issaquah police officers responded to 1,035 burglary, robbery or duress alarms last year, according to police figures. But 99.2 percent of the alerts were false, wasting officers’ time.
City Council members approved a false alarm ordinance July 20 — setting fees to register alarms and penalties for users whose alarms accidentally alert police.
Alarm users will be required to pay $24 to register their systems. Violators could face fines up to $200, depending on the type of alert and the infraction.
Officials described businesses as the main false-alarm offenders due to employee turnover and a lack of education about alarm systems.
Police Chief Paul Ayers noted how several Washington cities have enacted false alarm ordinances, including Kirkland and Redmond on the Eastside. Ordinances in those cities have led to a dramatic drop in the number of false alarm calls received by police.