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Alarm Registration and Regulations
The purpose of the City of West Melbourne's alarm regulations is to require alarm system users to maintain the operational reliability of alarm systems and to properly use alarms systems in order to reduce or eliminate false or accidental alarm dispatches of police units. Alarm systems covered by these regulations are defined as "A device or series of devices, including, but not limited to, systems interconnected with a radio frequency signal, which are designed to discourage crime and warn of criminal activity by emitting or transmitting a remote or local audible, visual, or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition that may require assistance from the police department".  A complete copy of the City of West Melbourne's Alarm Regulations are available for your review in Chapter 18, Article XVII, Sec. 18-501 of the West Melbourne City Code.

A high percentage of alarm calls dispatched are false and this creates an undue burden on patrol officers responding. Officers' time management is significantly hindered by these calls as they are not efficiently deployed to prevent crime while responding.

Alarm Registration Required: 
Registration of all alarm systems within the City of West Melbourne is required for each alarm site through the alarm administrator.  The duration of the registration shall be one year from October 1 to September 30. Registrations must be renewed annually. This is to maintain updated and accurate records for emergency contact purposes.  There is no fee for residential registrations.  Commercial properties will have an initial $25.00 registration fee. 

For additional information regarding registration, fines, false alarms or any other questions regarding the City's alarm regulations, please contact the Alarm Administrator, at 321-723-9673

What is a false alarm?
A false alarm is any alarm activation caused by human error or equipment malfunction requiring a police response, with no evidence of an actual crime having been committed.

What is a false alarm dispatch?
The activation of any alarm system that results in a response by a member of the police department where no evidence of a problem requiring their response is found after an investigation at the alarm site. An alarm dispatch request canceled by the alarm company prior to the time the responding police officer reaches the alarm site shall not be considered a false/accidental alarm dispatch.

What are the most frequent human errors that cause false alarms?
Residential:
  • Incorrect key pad procedures.
  • Failure to train other authorized users (i.e., sitters, relatives, children, house guests, etc.).
  • Failure to secure doors and windows before arming your alarm.

Commercial:
  • Use of incorrect key pad codes.
  • Failure to train other authorized users (i.e., employees, custodial workers, delivery personnel, etc.).
  • Failure to notify your monitoring facility of unscheduled openings or closings (for businesses using a set schedule).
  • Failure to update authorized personnel list with your monitoring facility.
  • Failure to secure doors and windows before arming your alarm.

What are the most frequent equipment malfunctions that cause false alarms?
  • Improper application or installation of interior motion sensors.
  • Improper application or installation of outdoor beams.
  • Improper charging or checking of batteries.
  • Faulty equipment (i.e., panels, detectors, keypads, etc.).
  • Failure to secure windows and doors before arming your alarm.

What can you do to reduce false alarms?
  • Insure authorized users are familiar with your alarm system's operation.
  • Secure all doors and windows prior to arming your alarm.
  • Be aware of changes in the environment (i.e., new animals, design changes, seasonal decorations, plants, etc.) that might have an impact on your alarm.
  • Notify your monitoring facility of any changes (i.e., house guests, name changes, new employees, employee terminations, etc.

The following forms are available:
Alarm Ordinance Brochure
Residential Alarm Registration 
Commercial Alarm Registration
Alarm Response Appeal Form