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11/3/2015 - Alarm Program Notice for Burglar, Panic and Robbery System Users and Commercial Business Fire Alarm System Users

 

City of Salina
Police Department
Wayne Pruitt
Communications Supervisor
wayne.pruitt@salina.org
(785) 826-7210

City of Salina
Fire Department
Roger Williams
Fire Marshal
roger.williams@salina.org
(785) 826-7340

Alarm Program Notice for Burglar, Panic and Robbery System Users and Commercial Business Fire Alarm System Users

Currently, police officers and firefighters must first respond to an alarm to determine if it false or not. In 2014, the Salina Police Department received
2,056 alarms calls; 2,052 of those calls were false alarms. Since each alarm call requires two officers, the department spent 1,670 hours responding to false alarms. From 2009-2013, the Salina Police Department received
11,085 alarm calls; 11,044 of those calls were alarm calls.

In 2014, the Salina Fire Department received 1,059 alarm calls; 268 of those calls were false alarms. Twelve personnel are required to respond to each alarm call.

In an effort to maximize resources and allow police officers and firefighters to respond to true emergencies without distraction and potential delay, the City of Salina enacted two ordinances to reduce false alarms.
The Police Department’s False Alarm Ordinance pertains to burglar, panic and robbery alarm system users. The Fire Department’s False Alarm Ordinance pertains to commercial business fire alarm system users.

Following is information for burglar, panic and robbery alarm system users:
 -Users of burglar, panic and robbery alarm systems, designed to signal the police department when unauthorized entry into a building occurs, will need to register their alarm system in order to obtain an alarm permit.
 -The annual alarm fee is $25.
 -Alarm system permits must be renewed annually.
 -Alarm companies must verify with the Salina Police Department the validity of a triggered alarm prior to dispatching officers to a location.
 -A third-party service provider will maintain a database of users and companies, track alarm dispatches, issue false alarm notifications,  and collect false alarm service fees for the Salina Police Department. 
  Alarm users may access this information after they register their alarm.
 -The ordinance includes penalties for not registering alarm systems, and for false alarms ($25-$200 for permit holders and $100-$350 for non-permit holders.)
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An alarm permit may be placed on suspension if the location has four or more false alarms in one year, or the invoice has not been paid within 60 days of the invoice date.

Starting Nov. 1, 2015, alarm registration will be available online at www.salina-ks.gov or in person at the Salina Police Department,
255 N. 10th St., Salina, KS 67401.
To obtain a waiver of the $25 annual registration fee and to avoid a late registration penalty, users must register their alarm(s) by Dec. 31, 2015.

Following is information for commercial business fire alarm system users (this ordinance does not apply to alarms installed in residential one/two family homes):   

 -Users of commercial business fire alarm systems, designed to signal the fire department when an emergency occurs, will need to register their alarm system in order to obtain an alarm permit. 
 -Alarm permits must be renewed annually; details regarding fees and fines are available online at
www.salina-ks.gov or in person at the Salina Fire Department, 222 W. Elm Street.
 -The Salina Fire Department will maintain a database of users and companies, track alarm dispatches, issue false alarm notifications, and collect false alarm service fees.
 -The ordinance includes penalties for not registering alarm systems, and for false alarms.
 -Starting Nov. 1, 2015, alarm registration will available online at
www.salina-ks.gov or in person at the Salina Fire Department, 222 W. Elm Street.
 -To waive the annual fee, users must register their alarm(s) by Dec. 31, 2015.
                                   
For further information about the Police Department’s False Alarm Ordinance, contact the City of Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210 or PMAM Corporation (third-party service provider) at (888) 535-5786.

For further information about the Fire Department’s False Alarm Ordinance, contact the City of Salina Fire Department at (785) 826-7340.

View the ordinances, fees, and tips on how to reduce false alarms at www.salina-ks.gov.