Crying ‘wolf’ in F’ville will cost you as false alarm penalties go into effect

The Fayetteville Police Department’s new False Alarm Reduction Program began April 1 and registration will continue through May 1. The department wants to alert alarm system users about the registration to make it a seamless process.

Maj. Kevin Gooding said the False Alarm Program will track the locations of false alarms and fine those alarm users who allow repeated false alarms to occur at their home, business, or office.

“This will begin after alarm users have had ample opportunity to register their alarm system and to gain access to more information about false alarms and the new program,” Gooding said.

To learn more about the Fayetteville False Alarm Prevention Program visit https://www.crywolf.us/fayettevillega

Gooding said those who have an existing alarm system must take the first step and register the alarm. Effective April 1, the Fayetteville False Alarm Ordinance requires that, “No alarm system shall be used unless the alarm user first registers for such alarm system,” Gooding added.

The program provides three ways to register an alarm system:

1) When you receive your water bill this month, complete the enclosed Alarm Registration Form and return it with your water bill payment.

2) Register your alarm system online by following these steps:

• Go to this link, https://www.crywolf.us/fayettevillega/ then go to “New Alarm Users”.

• Enter the required information into the five tabs and then click “Submit Online Form”.

• Once the registration is a submitted your completed registration form will appear on the screen and you have successfully registered your alarm system.

3) Go to the Fayetteville Police Department at 760 Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard in Fayetteville and ask for an alarm registration form. You may complete the form and submit it to the police department.

Deadline for registration is May 1.

Those with questions are asked to call the Fayetteville False Alarm Reduction Program, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 855-694-8279.

The first false alarm during the permit year carries no charge. Penalties totaling $50 will apply with the second and third false alarm calls, $75 for the fourth call, $100 for the fifth call, $125 for the sixth, $150 for the seventh, $200 for the eighth, $250 for the ninth false alarm call and $300 for the 10th call during the permit year.

As approved by the City Council in March, the ordinance took effect April 1 and includes a 30-day grace period during which only warnings will be issued.

False alarms cause the unnecessary use of valuable police services in Fayetteville, Gooding said.

“The False Alarm Reduction Program is designed to educate those who use an alarm system to protect their property from intrusion or other criminal activity. Through education and accountability, alarm users are more likely to be responsible and limit the causes of false alarm activations,” Gooding said.

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had an intrusion alarm being monitored by one of the larger companies. no name but they had (have?) a blue and white sign. It triggered. monitoring service called police who responded. later that day came home and noticed door open that I always kept closed. A few weeks later did a routine test on alarm system and when talking to the monitoring service they mentioned the intrusion and that police had responded and found my front door open and had entered and had unsuccessfully searched for intruder. all this had transpired without my being notified. At this point did a little inventorying and found some small but expensive items missing. The monitoring service was totally unapologetic.

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Your account is truly discouraging. Will investigate and question the company that we are using. Thanks for sharing.

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False Alarm Reduction Progam?

FARP?

How about False Alarm Reduction Totalitarianism or FART instead? What a bad idea this is.

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FARP?

How about False Alarm Reduction Totalitarianism or FART instead? What a bad idea this is.

Ok, after spitting my coffee in laughter....I think this works!

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NUK...FART

Nicely done!!!

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Are you Freakin kidding me?

You telling me I cannot use my Alarm system I purchased for MY private use for the protection of MY property unless I register it with YOU?

Not bloody well likely. What's next you get to have the password so it can be turned off by you? How about my firearms want me to register them with you as well?

Hold your breath there buddy.. Let my home get broke into, the alarm goes off and you fail to respond because my system is not "REGISTERED". I think the City Attorney will get a work out on that one.

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YOU don't need to as long as YOU understand that there is no legal requirement for the POLICE to repond. Why should another citizen in real need wait for service because you have multiple false alarms with your system? Unless laws have changed, there is no legal obligation by law enforcement to respond to your alarm unless they verbally commit (you'll need a recording or witness) or commit by written policy and procedure to do so. You can use your system without registering it but law enforcement can choose not to respond and you will have little legal recourse (you can sue but you'll lose). This type of penalty is put into place to penalize irresponsible alarm owners who refuse to service their system when multiple false alarms occur which endangers the rest of the public by tying up law enforcement resources unnecessarily AND unfairly. The same thing could happen to you when LE is tied up on someone else's false alarm while you're being attacked by a criminal. Of course, YOU would completely understand and endorse the delayed response, wouldn't YOU? The City should institute the same penalties for false fire and medical alarms.

P.S. Accepting a discount from your insurance company for a monitored alarm when you know there will be no response constitutes fraud.

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I don't see anyone complaining about false alarm fines; it's the ban of alarm systems themselves unless you register them with Fayetteville first.
Common sense seems to be raising the cost of the fines, especially for multiple offenses. If it's financially painful enough, people will get with the program.

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P.S. Accepting a discount from your insurance company for a monitored alarm when you know there will be no response constitutes fraud.

As a homeowner, you have no way of knowing in advance whether anyone is going to respond to an alarm going off or not, unless the County specifically states "we don't answer any alarm calls." Otherwise, it's pretty safe to assume that PD, FCSO or FD is eventually going to respond if the alarm company or the homeowner calls them. Don't see anyone being able to cheat their homeowner's insurance when they don't KNOW in advance whether anyone will respond or not.

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S. Lindsey & Alarm System

Yes, it's classical 'nanny' govt--but why worry, unless you're planning to move into Fayetteville! Who knows, maybe that new Mayor will step in and quash that idea.

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Why register my alarm?

I'd like to know why they want the citizens to register their alarms. What's the point here? Sure seems like a major invasion of my privacy.

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First you go to the website, then respond in the water bill... THEN go to the Police Dept to register No way.

btw- yeahwhatever you are completely wrong. The taxes paid by the citizens of the City/Town/County pays for the Police, Fire and other services. Should the Police "decide' not to respond because they think you have had too many false alarms then someone is hurt what do you think the liabilities are for the dept?

Now if the City wants to implement an fine for excessive false alarms then that is acceptable. The fine could be mitigated if repairs are made, but to have to REGISTER my alarm???????

Go ahead YWE and register... go sign up... I am sure the information they gain will be safe.

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Try to sue and place liability on the police department Daniel Webster. You'll soon learn the meaning of "sovereign immunity." Your fantasies of liability claims will soon give you a little slap of reality when the lawyer you contact bills you for a retainer and then tells you you have no case. Your bowing up on an online news forum won't scare the government and in fact will probably give them a little giggle. Do some research and then try again.

"btw- yeahwhatever you are completely wrong. The taxes paid by the citizens of the City/Town/County pays for the Police, Fire and other services. Should the Police "decide' not to respond because they think you have had too many false alarms then someone is hurt what do you think the liabilities are for the dept?"

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YWE you can sue for anything...

Rather a court agrees with your assertion that they have a duty to protect/respond is another matter.. Along with civil and criminal jurisprudence there are other considerations as to rather you may sue a city which collects said taxes that pay for the Police Dept. Multiple Torts cover these actions.

Are you telling me I can't sue for Civil Torts or for a Violation of Constitutional rights?

I think you are the one that needs to bone up a little there YWE.

Here is a little hint... Title 42 of the United States Code, Section 1983

Let me give you an example of the follies of Fayetteville's little rule.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office decided that their Officers were answering too many false alarms. The Commissioners were petitioned and they instituted a "3 alarm and out" policy. If you had 3 false alarms in a 30 day period they would not respond.

A fairly clever burglar used this to his advantage. He targeted a home that he wanted to hit and found a window loose enough that if rattled the alarm would go off. Three alarms in two weeks later knowing the Counties new rule he felt confident enough that he could enter and spend some time inside.

This time the owners 17 year old daughter was home....He forced her to turn off the alarm and the monitoring company called the Sheriff's department. She was Assaulted and raped.

The Sheriff dept NEVER showed up.

The County settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

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