Windsor Police

Alarm Registration Bylaws​

Do I require a municipal alarm permit for my alarm system?

It depends on your municipality. Several cities in Ontario have local bylaws that outline specific regulations about police response, security system permit registration and false alarm fines.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service has created this Key Holder Registry to help citizens provide the vital contact information for both property owners and their alarm monitoring companies, should the property be alarmed.

All residential and business alarms users within the City of Windsor must register their systems with the Windsor Police Service both monitored and non-monitored.  The registration fee is $24.00 annually.

With the exception of panicholdup or duress alarms, the London Police Service only responds to verified property-related alarms received by alarm companies or monitoring services.

There are currently no alarm registration requirements in Leamington.

Waterloo Regional Police will adopt a Verified Alarm Response Program (VARP) to improve service delivery to residents and business owners of Waterloo Region.

Residents of the Town of Tecumseh can register all security and fire alarms for a fee of $32.00. 

This program provides alarm subscribers with the opportunity to register their premises with the Municipality for $27.12 annually (including HST). For each registered premise, the first two alarms at a registered premises within a calendar year will be free of charge.

The Woodstock Police Service responds to all alarm calls, including false alarms where you or a family member accidentally sets off the alarm system. Registration is required and accepted only from alarm companies.

Homeowners do not have to register their alarms with the Guelph Police Service.

Currently, St. Thomas has no False Alarm or Alarm Registration bylaws.

The municipality applies a $200 fine for all alarms.

Currently Sarnia has no False Alarm or Alarm Registration bylaws.

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How do I reduce false alarms?

A false alarm is the report of a false emergency causing unnecessary response and/or dispatch of authorities where they are not needed. Education and regular maintenance can help prevent false alarms. 

Ensure swift response to alarms by keeping your emergency contact list current. We recommend have at least 3 individuals on your list and reviewing it annually to ensure all parties are still available. 

Avoid accidental alarms by setting up your panel near the main entry point and educating all users on proper arming and disarming procedures.

Ensure all employees, family members and others who have access to your premises, e.g. a babysitter or housekeeper, are properly trained to arm or disarm your system and are equipped with a verbal password to cancel an alarm with our central monitoring station alarms.

Systems equipped with pet friendly devices or video analytics can help prevent false alarms. 

Maintain the reliability of your security system by conducting annual inspections. Sensor damage or dirt and debris can create false signals. Regular dusting to keep your system clean can go a long way to prevent false alarms effectively.

Stay ahead of potential issues by replacing batteries regularly. You can use your panel to monitor battery levels.

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