About False Alarms in Martin County
On September 27th, 2005 the Martin County Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance titled The Martin County False Alarm Reduction Ordinance. This allows the County to impose a fine against businesses and homeowners for False Alarms.
The ordinance was designed to minimize the number of false alarms and help offset the cost of deputy response to false alarms. The ordinance places responsibility on the alarm user to prevent false alarms.
What is a False Alarm?
A false alarm occurs when the alarm system is activated and the Sheriff’s Office responds, but there is no evidence of criminal activity. This includes alarms activated by mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or negligent or intentional misuse, where no indicated emergency existed, which results in any response by the Sheriff’s Office.
Preventing False Alarms
- Educate the members of your home or business on how to manually operate the alarm system and what to do if the alarm is accidentally set off.
- Close all windows and doors before turning on alarm.
- Keep pets out of rooms with motion sensors.
- Check for drafts that can move plants, curtains, signs, holiday decorations and other items in motion sensor areas. Fans, heaters, air conditioners, open windows, etc. can all cause drafts.
- Don’t try to beat the system. If you need to re-enter after arming the system, disarm and start over.
If you accidentally set off your alarm:
- Don’t panic!
- Enter your disarm code carefully.
If you subscribe to service with an alarm company, do not leave the premises until you have talked to them.
- First and Second is $25.00 each*
- Third and Fourth is $50.00 each
- Fifth and Sixth is $75.00 each
- Seventh and Eighth is $100.00 each
- Ninth and above is $150.00 each
*If the alarm operator has a valid alarm permit, there is no fine for the first false alarm.
All fines are due within 45 days of the date of issuance on the invoice.
Alarm operators who experience no false alarms during a permit year will have their alarm permit renewal fee reduced to $10.00 for the following year provided that the permit is renewed prior to the expiration of the current permit.
False Alarm Reduction Class
As a way of curbing the fees of your false alarm, an Alarm Reduction class will be offered by the. By attending this class, you will be given a certificate, which will, in turn, dismisses one false alarm fine for one year.
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you alarm is audible or it has exterior flashing lights it needs to be registered with the Martin County Sheriff’s office regardless as to whether it is monitored by an alarm company or self-monitored.
A fee of $20.00 shall accompany each application for alarms on residential, Residents and businesses within the unincorporated areas of Martin County are subject to this ordinance.