False alarms and frivolous 911 calls and pranks such as phony bomb threats are overwhelming the emergency response system nationwide. These incidents are more than an inconvenience - they monopolize the time and energy of emergency personnel, at the expense of real life-or-death emergencies.
In 2019, the police department received 450 alarm calls (not including fire or CO alarms), and less than 1% of those resulted in actual crimes or medical situations. Every alarm call requires two responding officers and approximately 20 minutes of time.
If the police department responds to more than two (2) false police or fire alarms within a calendar year, an administrative civil penalty will be imposed. The Ramsey city Council sets the amount of the penalty. Additional penalties will be imposed for each additional false alarm during that year.
Ramsey City Code Section 14-21 lists the penalties for false alarms.
- 3rd false alarm - $75
- 4th false alarm - $150
- 5th false alarm - $225
- 6th false alarm - $300 - Additionally, the alarm user must provide a plan of action to correct, replace, or remove the alarm system. A written plan of action must be submitted to the Police or Fire Chief within 10 days of notice to the alarm user. All plans will be reviewed and must receive approval by the Police or Fire Chief.
Alarms activated by conditions such as snow, rain, mist, or fog are considered false alarms for the purposes of this section but do not include alarms caused by severe climatic conditions such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, utility line mishaps, or other violent conditions of nature.
False alarms will also be excused if they are a result of an effort or order to upgrade, install, test or maintain an alarm system and if the Police or Fire Department is given adequate notice in advance of said upgrade, installation, testing, and maintenance.
False Alarm Audits
If you are struggling with your home or business alarm system and have received notices of false alarms, please take the time to review the false alarm prevention handouts that we provide. We can also assist with a false alarm audit if needed. Please call 763-427-6812 for more information on this service.