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The City Council, in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms, passed an ordinance requiring anyone with an alarm (businesses and residences) to have a permit. The new ordinance, which goes into effect March 1st, 2009, also spells out penalties for those who do not have a permit.
The purpose of the alarm ordinance is to encourage alarm users to properly use and maintain the operational effectiveness of their systems so as to reduce or eliminate false alarms. False alarms unnecessarily consume officer time, waste fuel, increase the risk of accidents and, over time, reduce the quality of police service to other areas with a greater need for officer presence.
From 2003 to 2007, there have been more than 17,000 false alarms in the city. In 2007, Fayetteville Police responded to 3525 false alarms, which comprises approximately 9% of the total number of calls for service to the police and more than 800 manpower hours. Those are hours that could have been spent patrolling neighborhoods or serving the public in other ways.
For Questions and Answers please see our Alarm Ordinance FAQ's page.