In order to reduce the number of false alarms and increase time for police officers to respond to actual emergencies and other legitimate calls for service, the City of San Rafael has revised the current alarm ordinance, Ordinance No. 1973, Municipal Code Chapter 8.20 “INTRUSION DETECTION AND/OR BURGLAR ALARM AND FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS”.
Studies have consistently shown that 98 percent of the alarms to which police respond are false. The major cause of false alarms is user error—usually either opening or closing errors—and improper maintenance. Each alarm response requires a minimum of two patrol officers and averages 15 minutes per officer, per alarm. This equates to thousands of hours of San Rafael PD time diverted away from actual police work.Effective January 1, 2020: Every residence or business operating an alarm system in San Rafael must obtain a permit. Permits are valid for one (1) year from issue date.
Residential and Commercial:
New Permit: $20.00
Renewal Permit: $20.00
Failure to Register: $100.00
Note: Existing permit holders will be billed $20 once the current permit expires.
The alarm ordinance encourages accountability and responsibility of alarm users by charging alarm owners for false alarms. Note: Effective January 1, 2020, all counts will be reset to zero (0) for all existing accounts.
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False alarms are accumulated within a 12 month permit year based on the start and expiration date.