UPDATE: Accidental Alarm Registration Program

UPDATE: Accidental Alarm Registration Program

Town of Chapel Hill police officers and firefighters respond to nearly 5,000 alarm calls each year. About 95 percent of those calls turn out to be accidental alarms. Limited public safety resources are burdened by accidental alarm activations. 
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Registration for the Town of Chapel Hill's Accidental Alarm Registration Program is open for all residential and commercial alarms in Chapel Hill. For complete information, please visit:  www.townofchapelhill.org/alarms
 
The goal of the program is to reduce the number of accidental burglar, fire and medical alarms that public safety employees respond to each year. So far, 1,602 residential and 659 commercial alarm systems have been registered through the program.

REMINDER:
There is no cost or fee to register your alarm system. 

WHAT IF MY ALARM IS ACTIVATED ACCIDENTLY? 
Accidental alarm activations within a 365 day period will result in the following fines: 
0 - 3 $0 
4 & 5 $100 each 
6 & 7 $200 each 
8 & 9 $300 each 
10+ $500 each 

WHAT IF I DON'T REGISTER AND MY ALARM IS ACTIVATED ACCIDENTLY? 
Accidental alarms that occur at locations which have failed to register will result in a $100 fine. 

WHAT IF I DIDN'T REGISTER MY ALARM BY THE JULY 1, 2014 DEADLINE? 
As long as your alarm is registered prior to any accidental activation, you will not receive a fine for failing to register. 

TO REGISTER YOUR ALARM:
Registering alarms is free and convenient with options for online registration at 
www.townofchapelhill.org/alarms or by calling toll-free 1-855-725-7107 to register by phone. 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM OR ORDINANCE:
Please contact Police Lt. Mitch McKinney at 919-968-2764 or email mmckinney@townofchapelhill.org. 

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