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Alarm Registration for False Alarm Prevention

Alarm Registration
Law Enforcement personnel respond to thousands of false alarm calls yearly. These unnecessary responses result in an enormous burden in manpower and expense; which in turn reduces the time available to respond to real emergencies. The Police Department encourages all home owners and businesses with alarms to comply with the state law, Title 24, Chapter 12. Failure to do so could result in a civil fine by the State of Delaware.

Delaware False Alarm Reduction Program

False Alarm Prevention Tips

What is a false alarm?
The Delaware alarm ordinance defines a false alarm as: "a security dispatch request to a law-enforcement authority, when no emergency of actual or threatened criminal activity requiring immediate response exists."


Did you know?
Three main causes of false alarms are: 1) user error, 2) installation/service errors, and 3) equipment failure.

  • More than 80 percent of all false alarms are caused by user error
  • There are easy steps you and your alarm dealer can take to prevent false alarms
  • False alarms present a serious threat to the effectiveness of our local police, fire and EMS departments, as well as to the safety of our citizens
  • False alarms are costly and dangerous because they divert police officers from proactive crime prevention efforts and can deny response to true emergency calls


Major causes of false alarms:

  • Unlocked or loose doors/windows
  • Children, Neighbors and Visitors
  • Cleaning Crews/ Repairmen/ Pet Sitters
  • Pets or other wildlife
  • User Error
  • Equipment Malfunction

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