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A false alarm is any alarm activation caused by human error or an equipment malfunction requiring police response, and with no evidence of a crime having been committed. A well-informed user makes fewer false alarm mistakes. Chapter 112 of the City of Delray Beach’s Code of Ordinances requires all residential and commercial alarms to be registered with the City in order for emergency responders to respond to emergencies more efficiently. The following are facts about false alarms.

The Most Frequent Causes of False Alarms

  • Incorrect key pad procedures

  • Failure to train other authorized users

  • Failure to secure doors and windows before arming the alarm

  • Failure to update authorized users listed with an alarm company

Equipment Malfunction

  • Improper application/installation of interior/outdoor beams

  • Battery malfunctions

  • Faulty equipment such as keypads or detectors

Reducing False Alarms

  • Make sure all doors and windows are secure prior to arming an alarm

  • Be aware of changes in the alarm

  • Be aware of your environment (animals, weather, seasonal decorations)

  • Notify your alarm company of any changes in regards to new authorized users

  • Update outdated alarm equipment

Alarm Information

All residential and commercial alarm systems must be registered with the City of Delray Beach.

Alarm applications, registration, and renewal information can be found here crywolf.mydelraybeach.com/.

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