False Alarm Defined: The activation
of an alarm system to which the Police Department responds and which is not
caused by a criminal act or other emergency. This does not include the
activation of an alarm by circumstances normally attributed to extreme weather
conditions or a prolonged power outage of four (4) or more hours.
- Third False Alarm (in a fiscal year): The owner/user will be sent a letter
informing them that any further issuance of false alarms will incur a
penalty and warning the alarm owner/user that the alarm system should be inspected
and the Police Department notified of corrective action taken.
- Fourth False Alarm (in a fiscal year): fine of $35.00.
- Fifth through Seventh False Alarm (in a fiscal year): $50.00 each.
- More than Seven False Alarms (in a fiscal year): $99.00 each.
Failure to pay such charges within thirty (30) days shall constitute a
violation of this chapter, and the alarm owner/user is subject to an additional
Intentional False Alarms:
Anybody who intentionally activates any alarm system when no police emergency
exists shall be fined $99.00 and when applicable may additionally be subject to
prosecuted under Connecticut General Statutes for falsely reporting an incident.
No person shall intentionally test, repair, adjust, alter or perform maintenance
on an alarm system, or case the same to be tested, repaired, adjusted, altered
or maintained, if such action results in a false alarm, without first notifying
the Police Department and/or monitoring company. A violation of this section
will be issued one (1) warning. For the second offense the person shall be fined
A person charged for a false alarm may, within thirty (30) days of imposition
appeal the charge by filing a written notice of appeal with the Police
Department. The hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer (appointed by the
Violations and Penalties
Fines may be paid at Police Headquarters during normal business hours (8:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or through the mail.
Failure to Pay Fines
If any person fails to pay within thirty (30) days any fine or charge
imposed, interest shall accrue at the highest rate allowed by law. If, after a
period of three (3) months, the person fails to pay, the matter will be turned
over to the Town Attorney for any legal action necessary for collection.