False alarms incidents result in huge uncompensated costs to communities, divert first responder personnel from real emergencies and encourage complacency when answering calls - A problem that can cost lives!

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there were approximately "36 million alarm activations, the vast majority (between 94 and 98 percent) were false, at an estimated annual cost of $1.8 billion in 2002". With a steady increase of commercial and residential alarm systems, the number of false alarms will continue to grow unabated.

Public Safety professionals along with organizations such as the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) and the False Alarm Reduction Association(FARA) agree that the key to a successful false alarm reduction program begins with an effective alarm ordinance.

Simply by implementing a successful, consolidated false alarm tracking and billing solution like FARS together with an effective alarm ordinance, you will better utilize first responder resources, reduce false alarms, and generate positive revenue for your jurisdiction(s).

To estimate the cost to your community, use the estimated formula below.


Average Response Time:

33 minutes (.55hr/call)

Average Cost Per Hour:

$50 per officer sent

Annual False Alarms:
Use this number in the formula below



(.55) x ($50 x # of officers sent) x (# of false alarms) =

$     This is a conservative estimate