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Posted on: April 27, 2006

[ARCHIVED] City Tries to Reduce Excessive Number of False Alarms

Effective July 1, 2004, an ordinance was adopted by the Burlington City Council requiring all new and existing burglar and fire alarm systems to be permitted by the Police or Fire Departments. The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce the excessive number of false alarms that are responded to by Police and Fire units. Along with permitting requirements, fines were established for excessive false alarms.

Section 3.17 (e) of the “Alarm Control” ordinance states that “any person or firm who fails to register their alarm system with the City of Burlington alarm systems coordinator shall be subject to a civil penalty in the nature of a debt in the amount of one hundred dollars (100.00).”

Many burglar and fire alarm systems throughout Burlington are in violation of this ordinance and need to be registered with either the Police or Fire Departments.

If you own or operate a residence or business equipped with a burglar or fire alarm system that has not been registered, please contact the alarm systems coordinators at the numbers listed below.

Alarm Permit Applications are also available at:

Burlington Police Department-Crime Prevention
267 W. Front St.
PO Box 1358
Burlington, NC 27216-1358
Telephone Number (336) 229-3528

Burlington Fire Department-Fire Prevention
215 S. Church St.
PO Box 1358
Burlington, NC 27216-1358
Telephone Number (336) 229-3559

***Fines for failure to register alarm systems will be waived for all systems permitted prior to July 1, 2006. This does not apply to fines for excessive alarms.

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