|Where can I get a copy of the False Alarm Ordinance?|
You may download a complete copy of the ordinance by clicking here. The ordinance requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
How can I get a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader?
What is the Police Department doing to let people know about the new False Alarm Reduction Ordinance?
Who must have an alarm permit?
How much does a permit cost?
I have an alarm system but the Montgomery Police Department is not called when it is activated. Do I still need a permit?
My apartment complex provides an alarm system with the apartment. Do I need a permit?
You should note that the modification of information on a permit does not negate any false alarms charged against that permit. It is only notification to the Police Department that certain information has changed.
You many download a blank Request for Permit Modification Form by clicking below. Once completed the form must be sent to the Montgomery Department by US Mail or hand delivery. If there are any problems that would prevent the requested change the applicant will be notified. There is no charge for a permit modification. The download is 88KB and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
I own a business and listed the manager as the Alarm User on the original application. He is no longer with the company and I need to change the name of the person responsible for the permit to the new manager I hired. What should I do?
The Implementation Kit contains the following information which will be helpful to each alarm business: Permit Application with instructions, Permit Modification Request with instructions, copy of the False Alarm Ordinance, answers to many frequently asked questions and examples of many of the forms used by the Police Department to administer the ordinance.
You may download the complete kit by clicking Implementation Kit below. The entire download is 1,400KB and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You may also contact the False Alarm Reduction Office by e-mail or call (334) 241-2505 to obtain a bulk supply.
The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association has listed 20 suggestions to reduce the number of false alarms. Please review each of these.
If you can not work out your problem directly with your alarm company you many contact the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure at (334) 264-9388. For information on the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure, click below.
Learn more about the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure
What actually constitutes a false alarm?
For the legal definition of a false alarm, you should refer to the definition found in the actual ordinance. However, generally a false alarm is any activation of a burglar alarm system when there is no legitimate need for the police. The following circumstances are not considered false alarms:
The officers who respond will thoroughly check the premises to ensure a crime has not been committed or attempted. If it is found to be a false alarm, as defined by the ordinance, a False Alarm Notification Form will be left on the premises. To see a sample of the False Alarm Notification Form click below. The download is 41KB and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Download sample False Alarm Notification Form
Will I be fined on my first false alarm?
No. The ordinance allows you to have three (3) false alarms per permit year without consequence. After the third the Police Department will mail or deliver a letter to the person indicated on the permit as the alarm user. This letter will let the user know there have been three (3) false alarm and if a fourth occurs, they will be in violation of the ordinance and subject to fine.
How much are the fines?
How will I know I owe a fine?
The Montgomery Municipal Court will notify the person indicated on the permit as the alarm user. This person will be responsible for the fine.
What if I receive a notice and do not agree that I am in violation of the ordinance?
What if I still need more information?
Source: Montgomery Police Department.