Police Department > Alarms
Effective January 1, 2022, the City of Poulsbo will no longer require those with monitored alarms to annually register such alarms with the city. It will be the responsibility of those with monitored alarms within the city limits of Poulsbo to maintain updated contact information directly with their own alarm company. Alarm holders could still be subject to fines for excessive false alarms pursuant to PMC 9.12.
A false alarm is when the Poulsbo Police Officer is dispatched to an alarm that has been triggered (again, either audible or silent) and upon arrival and investigation, it is determined that the alarm went off due to employee/resident error, equipment malfunction, or perhaps an overly sensitive motion sensor. In other words, there was not an actual emergency that needed a police response. While we encourage the use of alarms in local businesses or residences, please keep in mind that repeated false alarms can exhaust emergency personnel resources and possibly take them away from a true emergency.
Per PMC 9.12.050, an administrative fee of $25 may be assessed for a second false alarm within six months and a fee of $50 each may be assessed for subsequent false alarms within the next six months of the second.