Alarm Registration Law Page

In 1997, the New Paltz Town and Village Boards adopted a local law requiring the registration of all burglar and fire alarms in New Paltz. This new law states the owner or occupant of any premises (business or residential) in the Town and Village of New Paltz upon which a burglar or fire alarm system is operated shall provide the New Paltz Police Department with detailed information about the alarm type, alarm service company, emergency service contacts and other pertinent information. This confidential information will be compiled into a computer database that will allow the Police Department to track all alarm activations and notify alarm owners of excessive false alarms. Click here to access the alarm registration form.

WHO MUST REGISTER AND HOW DO I REGISTER?

This new law states that all “audible” burglar and fire alarms and all “signals” transmitted to the New Paltz Police Department for burglar or fire MUST register. In order to register, you must complete a New Paltz Police Department “Alarm System Registration / Emergency Listing Questionnaire.” Once completed, you will receive an individual permit number which will be used to track your alarm activations. The registration form can be obtained from the New Paltz Police Department or from any uniformed New Paltz Police Officer. By registering with the New Paltz Police Department you are also required to post your street number on the outside of your building so that it may be visible from the road for emergency vehicles. (For those opting to post their number on their mailbox for identification, the mailbox must line up with your building so there is no confusion for the emergency vehicle operator as to which building is yours.)

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A “FALSE” ALARM?

For the purposes of this law, a false alarm means the activation of an audible alarm system or of a signal transmitted to the New Paltz Police Department giving notice of fire, unlawful entry, or other damage to or intrusion upon property where, upon response by the police or fire department, the condition of fire, unlawful entry, damage, or intrusion upon property is found not to exist.

A false alarm will not mean an alarm activated by a natural disaster such as a hurricane, lightning, thunderstorm, earthquake, or an interruption in the electrical or telephone services to the premises without the knowledge or control of the owner or occupant.

Additionally, you will not be charged with a false alarm if the owner or occupant promptly notifies the Police Department or alarm monitoring servicing company that the alarm was accidentally set and that no response is necessary.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A VIOLATION OF THIS LAW?

If you are registered and maintain an up to date registration with the police department you are allowed two (2) false alarms within a twelve month period before you are cited.

If you are not registered and/or do not maintain an up to date registration with the police department, you are allowed one (1) false alarm within a twelve month period before you are cited.

WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS LAW?

For any violation of the above, the owner or occupant of the permises shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly conduct pursuant to the Penal Law and shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars for the first violation and by a fine of not more than Two Hundred Fifty ($250.00) Dollars for each subsequent violation occuring within a twelve­month period.

If you have any questions regarding this new law, please contact the New Paltz Police Department at 845­255-1313. Please return this completed form to the New Paltz Police Department at 23 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, NY 12561 Attn: Officer Patrick Koch.