Prince William County, Wash. has new alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Wash.--The Washington Post reported a law that requires home and business owners to register their alarm systems with Prince William County police took effect July 1.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors established the requirement at the behest of county police who said the measure should cut the number of false-alarm calls to which police regularly respond and allow the department to better use its resources.

The registration fee is $10 every two years. The first two times police respond to a false alarm at a registered house, they will impose no consequences. With the third false alarm, police said, the security company will be notified and homeowners must be retrained in how to use their system. If false calls continue, additional fees will be applied.

To register or to get information, visit or call 703-792-6687 or 703-792-7281.