Security Alarm Registrations

Security Alarm Registrations

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Security Alarm By-law?

The Security By-law requires that all alarm systems within The Blue Mountains be registered with the municipality.

Along with the registration, registration fees are required to be paid to the municipality for the purposes of compiling and maintaining a Security Alarm Registration System.

A system of warnings, fees and possible suspension of Police dispatch are implemented in the instances of false dispatches.
 
Fees:

Residential Registration - $25.00 (per 3 year period)
Commercial Registration-$50.00(per 3 year period)
Change of Ownership- As per registration fee

False Alarm #1 in a 365 day period-$0.00
False Alarm #2-$50.00
False Alarm # 3-$100.00 

Why should the municipality have a Security Alarm By-law?

In 2006, the Ontario Provincial Police responded to 566 false dispatch calls, 26 false dispatch other calls, 161 accidental trip calls, 313 alarm malfunction calls and 45 cancelled calls for a total of 1,111 false alarm dispatches within The Blue Mountains. 


The strategy of the Security Alarm By-law is to:
• reduce the number of false alarms in the municipality;
• promote education and discipline of alarm users and alarm companies;
• effectively utilize the resources of the Police service; and
• enhance officer safety. 
 

The intent is to ensure and support responsible maintenance and use of security alarms.

Why am I required to pay a Security Alarm Registration fee; do my tax dollars not already pay for policing?

Registration fees are paid to the municipality for the purposes of compiling and maintaining a Security Alarm Registration System. 

Yes. Your tax dollars do go towards OPP policing, however, one of the purposes of this by-law is to utilize our police services more efficiently.
 

What if I choose not to register my alarm system?

Police response to a non-registered alarm site will be subject to an administrative fee of $200.00.

How can I prevent false alarms?

You can prevent false alarms the following ways:

  • If you are having problems with your system, contact your alarm company immediately.  False alarms are a tremendous drain on police resources.
  • Make sure everyone is fully trained on the operation of the system, including  cancellation procedures, should they make a mistake.  Never give a key to  someone who is not familiar with the system.  No ID Code will prompt a police dispatch.
  • Schedule regular service calls with your alarm company (including checking  batteries).  Routine maintenance can prevent many false alarms.
  • Update your alarm company after any household changes, remodelling, adding  pets, etc., to ensure they do not affect the system.
  • Make sure your alarm company has up-to-date key holder information and they  are willing to attend should police require them.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked before activating alarm systems.
  • Upon installation contact the monitoring station and verify the information  provided by you to the alarm company representative has been correctly added.
  • Make sure the arming delay is set for a reasonable time period.
  • Keep pets, cobwebs, balloons, curtains, plants, fax machines, and fans away  from motion sensors.
     

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Security Alarm Registrations

Contacts

Security Alarm Registrations

Security Alarm Registrations
519-599-3131 x249
bylawadmin@thebluemountains.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Security Alarm By-law? »»

Why should the municipality have a Security Alarm By-law? »»

Why am I required to pay a Security Alarm Registration fee; do my tax dollars not already pay for policing? »»

What if I choose not to register my alarm system? »»

How can I prevent false alarms? »»

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