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East Haven Police Begin Charging for Excessive False Alarms

Starting this month, the department will be billing home and business owners for false alarms after they exceed five incidents within a calendar year.

It's time to register your business and/or residential alarm systems. Credit: East Haven Police
It's time to register your business and/or residential alarm systems. Credit: East Haven Police
Attention East Haven home and business owners: now is a good time to make sure your alarm system is in good working order.

Because starting this month, the East Haven Police Department will now bill you for an excessive number of false alarms.

No More Than Five

Each system will be allowed up to five false alarms within a single calendar year. But anything over that — and you'll now face a fee.

The ability for police to bill for an excessive number of false alarms is covered by Town Ordinance #423 Sections 12-41 through 12-44, the department noted via its Facebook page.

Registration Reminder

The department is also reminding residents to register their business/residential alarm systems.

There  is a one-time $10 fee to register. And there is no charge if a system was previously registered.

"Also, please remember to contact us if any changes are made to your registration information (i.e. different alarm company, change of key holder information)," officers stated on the department's Facebook page.

More Info

For more information or questions, contact the East Haven Police Department's Records Division at 203-468-3833 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Or, you can also visit the department's website at www.easthavenpolice.com and click on "Forms" for more information.
George Kenyon January 08, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Very long overdue! I hope this Chief actually follows through with the enforcement, the previous Chief did not. Our officers are stretched then as it is, chasing the same false alarms constantly is a drain on them as well as town resources.
Flowers January 09, 2014 at 09:56 AM
This seems like a lenient and more than appropriate policy. What is the fee for having more than 5 false alarms? I can't find it anywhere. Some towns charge an annual registration fee and ticket all false alarms. If you are having 5 false alarms at your house you have a serious problem with either the equipment or your personal competency.

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