An Overview of Burglar Alarm Ordinance Overview, Burglar, Alarm, Ordinance, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes amended the Burglar Alarm ordinance in May 1998. The revised ordinance established a more lenient policy for assessing fees for false alarm incidents. A false alarm is defined as "any alarm signal which the alarm owner cannot prove was activated by commission or attempted commission of an unlawful act which the alarm system is designed to detect". A brief summary of the City’s Burglar Alarm ordinance follows:, City staff believes that by allowing two "free" false alarm incidents annually, any mechanical problems or accidental activation may be remedied by the alarm owner prior to being assessed a fee. In the event an alarm system malfunctions, the alarm owner is responsible for the immediate repair of the alarm. Please take extra caution when setting your alarm, to make sure all windows and doors are secure. The more time the Sheriff spends responding to false alarms, the less time they have available to perform other public safety duties. Your cooperation is needed and appreciated. An Overview of Burglar Alarm Ordinance in the City of RPV An Overview of Burglar Alarm Ordinance

AN OVERVIEW OF BURGLAR ALARM ORDINANCE IN THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes amended the Burglar Alarm ordinance in May 1998. The revised ordinance established a more lenient policy for assessing fees for false alarm incidents. A false alarm is defined as "any alarm signal which the alarm owner cannot prove was activated by commission or attempted commission of an unlawful act which the alarm system is designed to detect". A brief summary of the City’s Burglar Alarm ordinance follows:

  • No fee will be assessed for the first and second false alarm incident within the City’s fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
  • A "door hanger" notification card should be left at the residence/business location notifying the alarm owner that the Sheriff's department has responded to a burglar alarm activation.
  • If the alarm incident is determined to be a "false alarm", the City mails an invoice summarizing the incident and assessing a fee, if any.
  • Beginning with the third false alarm incident during the City’s fiscal year, a $100 fee will be assessed the alarm owner. Each incident during the remainder of the City’s fiscal year will also be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Any balances owed the City for false alarm fees must be paid within 20 days following service by mail.
  • Any unpaid amounts over 60 days are subject to collection via special assessment against the property parcel.

City staff believes that by allowing two "free" false alarm incidents annually, any mechanical problems or accidental activation may be remedied by the alarm owner prior to being assessed a fee. In the event an alarm system malfunctions, the alarm owner is responsible for the immediate repair of the alarm. Please take extra caution when setting your alarm, to make sure all windows and doors are secure. The more time the Sheriff spends responding to false alarms, the less time they have available to perform other public safety duties. Your cooperation is needed and appreciated.

For more information about the Burglar Alarm Ordinance please contact the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Finance Department at (310) 377-0360. For your convenience, you may also send us an email to burglaralarm@rpv.com.