Alarm systems in the City of Oregon City that elicit police response require a permit from the Oregon City Police Department per City Ordinance No. 01-1017. Links to the Alarm Ordinance and current Alarm Fee schedule are located at the bottom of this page.
To obtain an alarm permit, citizens must complete the Alarm User Permit Application (click on link at bottom of this page), print out application and return it to the Police Department along with a check for the first year’s permit. The annual fee is $15 for business or residential. A residential alarm user age 65 or over, with no home based business at the residence, may obtain an alarm permit without paying the permit fee. The Police Department address is printed at the top of the application.
The purpose of the alarm ordinance is to discourage false alarms and allow officers to spend more time providing public safety services. As of December 31, 2012 the City had 1,260 valid permits on file (a reduction of 34 from 1,294 at the end of 2011. Police Department Officers were dispatched to 782 alarm calls of which:
Approximately 65% of all 2012 dispatched alarm calls were considered false (this is an increase from 61% in 2011). The number of dispatched calls that were canceled prior to an officer arrival on scene were 30% of all 2012 dispatched alarm calls, which reflects an decrease in cancelations at 30% versus 33% in 2011. Overall the total alarm dispatches reflect a reduction from 827 in 2010 with a slight increase from 749 in 2011. The number of active alarm permits on file fluctuate from year to year however the reduction in total dispatched alarms since 2010 reflects that alarm companies are better informing their alarm users on the use of their alarm systems, and the communication between the alarm user and their alarm companies appears to be better then in 2010.
Many false alarms consist of events created by any/all of the following circumstances:
Fines and penalties are assessed beginning with the second false alarm response and increase with each subsequent false alarm dispatched per locaiton.
If you have any questions about business or residential alarms, please call Sharon Coughlin, Alarm Coordinator, at (503) 496-1684 or by e-mail at email@example.com . Hours are Monday thru Friday, from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm.
A nationwide organization "FARA" (False Alarm Reduction Association) was created to help with reducing false alarms for the consumer, alarm companies and law enforcement. FARA's website provides additional consumer tips and information for helping the alarm user from creating false alarm issues for their local police department. Please check out the website by clicking on the link located at the bottom of this page.