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Alarms policy: Police remind residents

Article Published 03/23/2011

April 2011

In 2010, Layton Police Department received 1,372 calls for service associated with alarms. This accounts for over 7% of the total calls for service received by the department. It is the job of police officers to respond when needed, however 79% of the alarm calls received by the Department were either false or no responsible party for the property responded to meet with the officers. Such responses tie up valuable resources and make it difficult for officers to address other problems in the city. Layton City has ordinances that address alarms.

A permit is required for each property containing an alarm system. Permits can be obtained by contacting the Police Department or visiting www.laytoncity.org and clicking on downloads under the Police Department tab. There is no charge, but completed permits must be submitted to and reviewed by the Police Department before a permit number will be issued. If the Police Department is called to more than one alarm at a property where no permit exists, a $25 fine for each occurrence can be assessed and the Police Department may not respond to future alarms until the permit issue has been rectified.

Each residence and business location shall provide their alarm company with information identifying a minimum of three people, including telephone numbers, who will respond to silence/reset an activated alarm and take charge of the premises. Any changes to this information will be forwarded to the alarm company within five working days. In the event of an alarm, the monitoring company is responsible for making notifications to the listed responsible parties and directing a response. Upon notification, a responsible party shall proceed immediately to the location of the activated alarm and render any necessary service. In the event the monitoring company cannot contact one of the responsible parties, the owner, occupant, or permit holder may be assessed a $25 civil penalty, for each occurrence. The police, after assessing the situation, shall be under no obligation to remain at the location emitting the alarm.

After having two false alarms on the same premises, outside a 24-hour period, within a yearly quarter, beginning on January 1, monetary assessments and other sanctions may be imposed. Monetary assessments can range from $50 to $100 based on the number of false alarms.

Failure to pay any fees associated with violating the City’s alarm ordinance can result in the homeowner or registered agent for a business being charged with a Class B misdemeanor pursuant to 5.28.190. For more information, please visit www.laytoncity.org, select Municipal Code, and then select section 5.28 under Business Regulations and Licenses. You may also contact Lt. Garret Atkin at (801) 336-3454.