Alarm systems require registration
Alarms in homes, businesses and other buildings must be registered with Strathcona County Enforcement Services. For details, see Bylaw 31-2008, the Alarm Systems Bylaw.
- A one-time fee of $30 will apply to register an alarm. The registration is non-transferable when the property title is changed or the resident moves within Strathcona County. If a property owner has not registered and the RCMP respond to a false alarm, the owner may be fined $300.
- If there are two false alarms attended by the RCMP - the property owner will receive a written warning. Should there be a third false alarm attended by the RCMP - the property owner will be charged a response fee. ( $75.00 for a residence, $100.00 for a commercial building up to 500 square meters and $150.00 for a building over 500 square meters.) If the RCMP respond to three (3) false alarms within a six month period, the alarm permit will be revoked, and the property owner is subject to a $300.00 fine and in addition the property owner will be required to re-register the alarm at a fee of $30.00.
Registering your alarm system
- Print off and complete the application form
- It may be dropped off or mailed to:
Enforcement Services (the RCMP detachment)
911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park, AB
(8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays)
Frequently asked questions
Why is Strathcona County requiring alarms to be registered?
This measure is being taken to encourage property owners to take steps to make sure their systems are operating properly, and to reduce the number of false alarms that require RCMP response. The information provided by owners when they register will enable the RCMP to easily contact the owner should that be required.
What is the concern with false alarms?
In 2007, the RCMP responded to 1,842 false alarms. Many of these were multiple calls to the same location, as many as 30 false alarms to the same address.
Each time the RCMP responds to a call from an alarm company, the call must be considered high risk until officers reach the scene and determine otherwise.
Do other communities have such regulations?
Yes. Edmonton and St. Albert have similar requirements.