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Police: Trumbullites Must Register Alarm Systems

Trumbull Police Chief Thomas Kiely.
Trumbull Police Chief Thomas Kiely.
Trumbull police are reminding residents that they must register their alarm systems with the Police Department under the town's false alarm abatement law.

Failure to register means a penalty of $100 and $50 for every false alarm after that if the system remains unregistered. There are also fines for more than two false alarms in one year.

In passing the ordinance, the police department said in total, responding to all false alarms each year would keep two police officers off the road for a year. Two officers must respond to false alarms.

Police respond to almost 3,000 false alarms a year, Police Chief Thomas Kiely has estimated.

The fines would increase for each offense:
  • Third, fourth, fifth violation .....$100
  • Sixth, seventh, eighth violation ..... $125
  • Ninth and subsequent violations .....$150
"If cancellation occurs prior to law enforcement arriving at the scene, this is not a false alarm and no fee will be assessed," according to the rule. "Multiple activations within a twenty-four-hour period may be considered as one (1) false alarm for the purpose of charged fees."
 
But an alarm user who takes an "alarm awareness class" can have their first fine dismissed. The fines can also be appealed.

The complete Municipal Code can be viewed and/or printed on the Police Department Home Page http://www.trumbull-ct.gov//content/10623/10655/11011/15514.aspx.

Under Police Forms and Documents click on False Alarm Abatement Ordinance - Eff. 1-1-13. A registration form can be downloaded on the same web page by clicking on Trumbull Alarm Registration Form.

Registration Forms can also be picked, up anytime, at the Police Department.

JR September 05, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I don't mind paying for false alarms but why do I need to be on a town-kept list?
cindylkatz September 06, 2013 at 07:32 AM
What is the process to register?
Aaron Leo (Editor) September 06, 2013 at 07:39 AM
Thanks Cindy, I've added the info. Go to the Police Department or download the form off the PD websited, listed in the story.
Bob Hopper September 06, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Here we go again, another useless police state mandate to take private information and require it to be public. I understand the problem with false alarms, how does having prior knowledge of my having an alarm system do anything to reduce the number of false alarms or increase the protection of the families of Trumbull. JUST MORE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH, SHAME ON TRUMBULL
Joan September 06, 2013 at 09:55 AM
I assume they are also requiring all residents with guns in their homes to register too, then, right?? Wouldn't that be more useful information?
JR September 06, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Joan - I believe that alarm registration will evolve into licensing so that a fee can be collected.
Tom Caine September 06, 2013 at 10:16 AM
http://www.trumbull-ct.gov/filestorage/7112/7189/Trumbull_Alarm_Registration_Form.pdf
Bob Hopper September 06, 2013 at 12:05 PM
IT IS ALL ABOUT CONTROL AND THE THOUGHT THAT WE CANNOT DUE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE, NO ONE HAS WRITTEN ANYTHING THAT INDICATES THE VALUE IN THE POLICE HAVING THIS INFORMATION. JUST ANOTHER DATABASE TO BE HACKED WITH INFORMATION THAT HELPS CRIMINALS-HOW ABOUT EVERYONE NOT REGISTERED IS PROBABLY WITHOUT A SECURITY SYSTEM. OTHER THAN THAT I AGREE WITH JR IT IS A PRECURSOR TO NEW TAXES AND/OR FEES.
DS September 07, 2013 at 06:13 AM
"Alarm Awareness Class" ??? Are they serious ? What a joke. If my house gets burglarized while the alarm is on and the police dont catch the perpetrator, can I fine the PD ? :)

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