Burglary Alarms

The Montgomery County Police Department responds to over 25,000 false alarms each year.   Responding to false alarm calls reduces the police department’s effectiveness and undermines its ability to respond to more critical calls for service.  The Montgomery County alarm law was adopted to address these issues.

Please note: The Montgomery County alarm law does not apply to smoke, fire, medical, or car alarms.

The alarm law defines a false alarm as any alarm signal that elicits a response by police personnel and for which there is no evidence of criminal activity to justify a police response. This simply means that if a police officer responds to an alarm signal and, after investigation, finds no evidence that criminal activity either had occurred or was occurring, the officer will designate the alarm signal as a false alarm. A false alarm may be caused by factors such as human error or equipment malfunction.