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Aug
5
2016
Residents, businesses asked to register alarm systems

With the City of Yuma ready to implement its law aimed at reducing the Yuma Police Department's false alarm responses, Yuma residents and business owners are asked to register their alarm systems online at no cost.

YUMA, Ariz. - Yuma’s false alarm reduction program will be implemented Thursday, Sept. 1. This will require alarm users and businesses to register their alarm systems with an alarm administrator. A link to the registration website is available through the city’s website at www.yumaaz.gov under the Police Department tab. The website will also contain helpful tips to consumers on how to reduce a majority of false alarms that are preventable with proper operation. The direct link is accessible, here:  https://www.crywolfservices.com/yumaaz/.

Registration is one component of the ordinance, which was passed to reduce the number of false alarm activations within the city and  the amount of time YPD officers spend responding to those alarms. The Yuma Police Department receives approximately 5,000 alarm calls per year.

“Burglary, panic and robbery alarms are high-priority calls and require more than one officer to be dispatched,” said YPD Capt. Rod Hamilton. “A large majority of these calls are false alarms, which results in a significant allocation of police department resources.”

The ordinance requires businesses and residents to pay a series of fines for false alarm calls, beginning with the third offense. Fines start at $100, or attendance at a false alarm awareness class, and can reach up to $250.

Administered through a contract with Public Safety Corporation’s CryWolf program, registering alarm systems helps reduce false alarms by ensuring alarm service providers and law enforcement have up-to-date alarm response instructions and contacts to confirm whether alarm response is necessary or appropriate. Information and tips provided to alarm registrants also help reduce the large majority of false alarms that are preventable with proper operation.