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False Alarms

The Fargo Police Department responds to and investigates all alarm calls that the Red River Regional Dispatch Center receives. Property owners who have a police alarm system which signals excessive alarms shall pay a service charge to the city of Fargo. City Ordinance 25-3006, titled Charges for Excessive Alarms, states:

"Any alarm user who maintains or has a police alarm system which signals excessive alarms shall pay a service charge to the city of Fargo as follows:

  1. For the first excessive alarm, the sum of $50.
  2. For the second and subsequent excessive alarms, the sum of $50 plus the additional sum of $25 for each alarm after the first excessive alarm.”

"False alarm" means the activation of an alarm system caused by anything other than an emergency or criminal activity.

"Excessive alarms" shall mean false alarms in excess of three within the months of January through June of any year or July through December of any year.

The following circumstances will not be considered a “false alarm,” or “excessive alarm,” and will not be factored into any service charges.

  1. An alarm caused by criminal activity.
  2. An alarm caused by natural causes (e.g. high winds, flooding)
  3. An alarm in which the owner, or individual responsible for the alarm, cancels the officers’ response prior to their arrival.