In response to this problem, the Municipality passed a By-law (B-400). Respecting Burglary, Robbery and Fire Alarm Systems. The goal of this law is to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, the number of false alarms that currently take place.
The very first time, in any consecutive 12 month consecutive period, a false alarm occurs on your property there is no fee. Should this happen on a 2nd, 3rd, or subsequent occasion, then you would be charged a fee of $100.00, $125.00 and $150.00 respectively. Should a false alarm occur that can be demonstrated to be beyond the control of the owner, then the fee could be dropped through an appeal process.
Alarms activated in the following manner are deemed NOT to be false alarms:
An alarm system is defined as "any mechanical or electrical device which is designed or used for the detection of heat, smoke or fire or an unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility or for alerting other of the commission of an unlawful act, or both, and which emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when activated," but does not include personal alerting devices or a device that is installed in a vehicle.Failure to register your alarm system could result in a legal action and a fine being imposed. If you have not previously registered your alarm system, please complete the Alarm Registration form or you may go to any one of our Customer Service Centers and obtain the form. You may also call 311 and have the Alarm Application sent to you.
If you have questions related to the registering of your alarm you may call 311 or you may email us your Comments/Questions to Alarms.
Today we collectively face the possibility of reduction in service due to dwindling government resources. When considering all the best possible uses for two and a half million dollars, responding to false alarms certainly is not one of them.