Boulder, CO 80308

Alarm School

The Boulder Police Department has enabled residents to enroll in the online alarm prevention program. The class will provide information to alarm users about the problems created by false alarms and provide instruction on how to help reduce false alarms. In the city's discretion, an alarm user may be provided the option of attending a class in lieu of paying one assessed fine, not to exceed $100.00 in one twelve (12) month period. This course is entirely online and can be completed from any computer in about 30 minutes. It can be taken whether or not you have caused a false alarm.

Boulder Police Department Online Alarm School 

What is a false alarm? The Boulder Alarm Ordinance defines a false alarm as: “the activation of an alarm system when, upon inspection by the city, evidence indicates that no unauthorized entry, robbery, or other such crime was committed or attempted in or at the alarm location which would have activated a properly functioning alarm system. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a false alarm shall neither include an alarm activated by unusually violent conditions of nature nor an alarm which is canceled before police personnel respond to the alarm location. Multiple alarms caused by a single technical malfunction in single alarm system for a period up to 12 hours shall constitute only one false alarm. Each 12-hour period shall constitute a new violation.”

Did you know that more than 80% of false alarms are caused by user error? There are easy steps you and your alarm dealer can take to prevent false alarms. False alarms present a serious threat to the effectiveness of our local police, fire and EMS departments, as well as to the safety of our residents. False alarms are costly and dangerous because they divert police officers from proactive crime prevention efforts and can divert public safety responses from true emergency calls.

The main causes of false alarms are:

Before you activate your alarm system:

Know what to do if you set your alarm off accidentally:

At home:

DO NOT call 911 to cancel alarm activations - you must call your monitoring station.

Avoid objects that trigger your alarm:

At your business; Watch for these pitfalls that may activate your alarm:

Contact your alarm company:

Review with your alarm company the procedures you expect them to follow when your alarm activates:

With people:

Enhance your alarm system’s potential:

False alarms: