False Alarms and Alarm Permit
False Alarms create a very hazardous situation for both officers and citizens
- The Concord Police respond to well over 2800 alarms annually. Of these, more than 90% are false.
- Most false alarms are the result of employee error, janitors and faulty equipment. As a result, more than 1400 hours of officers time are spent annually in response to these false alarms. This means there is that much less time they have for needed police work.
- Officers, attempting to respond as quickly as is reasonable, increase their chances of accidents and, more importantly, get lulled into a feeling of just another false alarm.
- Be sure to have a good quality alarm system that has been installed by a licensed alarm company.
- Be sure that all of your employees are familiar with how your alarm system works.
- Have your alarm system tested on a regular basis.
Alarm Permit Application and False Alarm Brochure
- The City of Concord has adopted an Alarm Ordinance that defines the alarm policy, outlines what is to be considered excessive false alarms and outlines procedure for fees and charges for excessive false alarms.
- The Police Department is not trying to discourage citizens from using alarm systems, but rather is trying to encourage responsible use. Alarm systems provide an important asset to crime prevention and crime detection.