WHY DO I NEED TO RENEW MY ALARM EACH YEAR?
- The business and/or homeowner is still located at that address
- The alarm company and emergency contact information is current
- The phone numbers and contact information for the owner are up to date
- Renewal fee is $25.00 annually - Permit valid January 1 through December 31.
WHERE DO I FIND THE FORMS?
You can download the Alarm Registration Application/Renewal Application. The information provided on this form will be made available to dispatchers to expedite appropriate police response.
WHAT IS A FALSE ALARM?
Any alarm caused by human error or equipment problems resulting in police response, with no evidence of an actual crime having been committed. This does not include alarms caused by violent actions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm user or alarm business.
WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR A FALSE ALARM?
The response to a false alarm is progressive based on the number of false alarms. Click to read more information on the level of response and corresponding fines.
IS THERE A WAY TO APPEAL A FALSE ALARM?
The alarm user may appeal the validity of a false alarm in writing. This appeal must be filed with The City Clerk within 15 business days of the notice of suspension. The City of Kirkland Hearing Examiner will hear all appeals.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 2005, 99% of the 2,574 alarm calls in the City of Kirkland were false.
- False alarms were reduced by 48% at the end of the first full calendar year of the False Alarm Reduction Program.
- False alarms were reduced by an additional 12% in 2008 for a total reduction of 60% compared to pre-program stats.
WHAT FALSE ALARMS DO:
- Take police away from community policing activities and other real emergencies.
- Lead neighbors to ignore your alarm when it goes off. Your system becomes less reliable and less credible.
- Will cost you fines and will suspend police response after the 6th alarm.
- False alarms create a potential danger to citizens and officers responding to the call.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ASSIST POLICE?
- Make sure your house numbers are easily visible from the street, day & night. If your system is monitored, be sure to give specific driving directions to your alarm monitoring company.
- Be sure your alarm company decal is located near the front door and is easily visible. For non-monitored systems, be sure to post the phone number of a person who has the authority to turn off the alarm.
- Update your list of emergency contacts with the police department if there are changes or at the time of annual renewal.
- Click here for things you can do to reduce the common causes of false alarms.