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City of RP

Director of Public Safety Tim Mattos
Responding to fire alarms
June 28, 2019

We understand that security and safety are important to our residents. The installation of security or fire alarms are tools to help combat unauthorized entry, suspicious activity, or threats to a property. The severity of an alarm results in a minimum response of two Public Safety Officers and our Public Safety Department has seen a significant increase in false alarms over the past three years. 

Responding to false alarms keeps our Public Safety Officers from focusing on more important calls. Consequently, the city council recently amended requirements regarding false alarms. We encourage all residents and business owners to be familiar with the new requirements and fees related to alarms. 

Following alarm requirements effective July 1, 2019:

Alarms must be registered annually in Jan. with the Department of Public Safety. Beginning July 1, 2019, alarms can be registered at the public safety front counter. This will help the department have contact information in the event of an emergency or criminal activity. The fee for initial alarm registration is $30 and subsequent annual renewals are $15.

New alarm fine schedule resulting in fines beginning with the second false alarm and increasing in cost for each subsequent alarm during a calendar year. The fine for the second false alarm response during a one-year period is $50. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the alarm cycle will reset and operate on an annual basis. 

New late fee assessment for alarm users who fail to register their alarm, or pay false alarm fines within an established period of time. For registrations that are 30-60 days late, a $5 late fee will be incurred and increases to $10 for registrations that are 60-90 days late. Registration fees over 90 days late are $15.

For questions about the new alarm requirements or to register your alarm call our general information line at 584-2600.

The revised ordinance will create incentives for alarm users to reduce false alarms. 

False alarms are easy to prevent and we’d like to remind you of some quick steps to limit or eliminate them. 

Pay attention to low battery warnings and change batteries.

Open windows and circulate air in the event you inadvertently set off your alarm (i.e. burned dinner and no fire present).

Check and replace your carbon monoxide alarm if it’s near its expiration date (see manufactured date). The sensors naturally degrade and require replacement every 7 years.

Store security alarm codes and password in a secure place that is accessible to all house residents. 

Properly train all users.

Secure doors and windows prior to turning on a security alarm.

In the event of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

Reminder: New fireworks regulations have been adopted for the City of Rohnert Park. Please note that if you are in possession of illegal fireworks or they are on your property, you will be fined $1,000. Only safe and sane fireworks may only be used within city limits July 2-4. If you download the Nail’em App on your smartphone’s store, you can help report illegal fireworks in your neighborhood. Thanks for helping keep Rohnert Park safe this July 4th.