Alarm Frequently Asked Questions

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Alarm Frequently Asked Questions

What alarms are covered by this program ?

A device or an assembly of equipment which emits an audible sound, which is intended to alert persons outside the premises or to alert emergency agencies by automatically dialing an emergency agency, or which contacts an alarm company thereby causing the alarm company to contact an emergency agency or which is directly connected to any city department.

Where do I register my alarm ... ?

All alarms used within the City of Utica must be registered with the Utica City Clerk (Use Alarm Registration Form).  The registration fee is $25.00 and can paid in person at City Hall.  Questions regarding registration should be directed to the City Clerk at (315) 792-0113

What is considered an avoidable alarm ... ?

The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner, user, custodian or lessee of an alarm system, or of his employees or agents, or through any other cause which indicates that an emergency situation exists requiring response by an emergency agency when, in fact, an emergency situation does not exist. An "avoidable alarm" also includes the knowing or intentional activation of an alarm when an emergency situation does not exist. "Avoidable alarm" does not include alarms activated by violent conditions of nature such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, power failures beyond the alarm user's control, or any other similar cause beyond the control of the user of the alarm system. Activation of an alarm system in circumstances under which the activator reasonably believes that an emergency situation exists is not an "avoidable alarm." Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, the defective installation of an alarm system, the failure to repair or cause to be repaired an alarm system or the use of defective equipment in connection with an alarm system shall not constitute an extraordinary circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the alarm user.