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Burglar Alarms
All persons with alarm systems protecting a premise in the City of Fredericksburg must have a valid alarm permit.

You may download an alarm permit application here, or pick one up at the Police Records Office at our headquarters at 2200 Cowan Boulevard. Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The annual permit fee of $40 (pro-rated for new applicants ONLY) is payable to the City Treasurer and submitted with the alarm permit application to the Police Records Office. Call the Records Office at 540-372-1165 to determine the pro-rated fee and the procedure for submitting the application.

To keep alarm permits current, you must pay the $40 annual fee by the end of every calendar year.

If any of the information on your alarm permit application changes, such as key-holder information, you must submit the new information to the Police Records Office as soon as the change takes effect.

On January 1, 2014, a revised City ordinance pertaining to burglar alarms took effect. Key points of the ordinance are outlined below:
  • Civil penalties only. The new ordinance changes all mechanically based false alarms to a civil penalty only. 
  • False alarms determined over a calendar year. False alarms are now calculated over a calendar year instead of the previous monthly tabulation.
  • Increasing fines for false alarms. The new ordinance sets the following scale of increasing fines for repeated false alarms.
 Third, fourth and fifth false alarms - $50 each
 Sixth and seventh false alarms - $100 each
 Eighth and ninth false alarms - $250 each
 Tenth and subsequent false alarms - $500 each
  • Intentionally activating a false alarm is now a class 2 misdemeanor. The new ordinance states that “Any person who activates an alarm system for the purpose of summoning law enforcement when no burglary, robbery, or other crime dangerous to life or property is being committed or attempted on the premises, or otherwise to cause a false alarm shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.”
  • Discontinuance of law enforcement response. The new ordinance allows for discontinuance of law enforcement response to burglar alarms when the alarm permit has been revoked or suspended. This does not apply to panic alarms or calls to report a crime in progress. 

City residents may appeal a fine or the denial/revocation of an alarm permit to the Police Department. To do so, download an appeal form here or pick one up at the Police Records Office.

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