Police: Please Register Your Home Alarm System

Police continue to urge Trumbull residents to register their home alarm systems or face fines if they get a false alarm.

It has already happened, and at least one person has paid so far, said Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry.

He estimated about 850 homeowners have registered so far.

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.

DS November 21, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Will they evetually start charging an annual fee to have an alarm ?


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