Everett Police responds to about 5,000 alarm activations every year. More than 90% of them are found to be false. Additionally, many alarm sites generate repeated false alarms due to poor maintenance or improper use.
Alarm responses are a high priority for police and preempt many other 911 calls for service. When the alarm turns out to be false, it wastes time and valuable public resources, and can also delay responses to other important calls. By charging a fee, the police department expects to see a meaningful reduction in the number of false alarms, improved service delivery and enhanced public safety.