If you haven’t yet registered your home or business alarm with the City of Yuma, now is the time to get cracking.

The City of Yuma’s alarm ordinance came to fruition amid a rash of false alarms. The Yuma Police Department notes that they received about 5,000 alarms in a one-year period, the vast majority of which were false. YPD must respond to every call as if it is a priority, because there’s no way for them to know otherwise, and that diverts officers from other duties. It’s a staggering waste of resources and manpower.

Now, the new ordinance reads, “four or more False Alarms within a permit year is excessive, constitutes a public nuisance, and shall be unlawful.”

For the first and second false alarm, the alarm user will be notified. With the third false alarm, alarm users will either have to pay a $100 fine or take a false alarm awareness class. The penalties increase in costs depending on the number of false alarms from there, starting at $100 for the fourth false alarm and going up to $250 for the 10th false alarm. Any additional alarms, the ordinance notes, will result in the permit being revoked.

And that’s the interesting part of the false alarm ordinance. People who have alarm systems are required to register those alarms with the City of Yuma. If they don’t, there’s a $50 failure to register penalty charged, in addition to any other penalties.

Now, considering the fact that the majority of all false alarms are caused by user error, clearly, there’s a problem. People who have alarm systems on their homes and/or businesses need to take the time to learn how to use the system, and then train the rest of their household or staff on how to use it as well.

According to the City of Yuma, starting Sept. 1, Yuma residents and business owners have 90 days to register their alarm systems, which can be done online at https://www.crywolfservices.com/yumaaz/.

By Dec. 1, all residents of the city of Yuma who have and use their alarm systems must be registered.

It is free to register, and based on what we saw online, will only take a few moments to do. So those of you with alarm systems, take note, and be sure to get this handled before the deadline.

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