Effective March 22, 2021, the Kitsap County Alarm Ordinance will require that an alarm be verified through audio, video, or in-person verification prior to calling Kitsap 911 to dispatch law enforcement for alarm activations. This requirement does NOT apply to calls for fire assistance, medical emergencies, or panic alarms.
The new ordinance also removed the requirement that Kitsap County residents permit their alarms and well as the associated costs.
Why Adopt a Verification Requirement?
From 2017 to 2019, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 10,221 calls for alarm activations. Conservatively, 98.9% of these calls for service were for false alarms, costing the County approximately $220,000 in deputy time and resources. When a deputy responds to a false alarm, that deputy is unavailable to respond to a legitimate emergency elsewhere.
The purpose of the Alarm Ordinance is to assist the Sheriff's Office to effectively respond to law enforcement needs and encourage manufacturers and alarm system users to better construct and maintain alarm systems. This Ordinance does not (and is not intended to) recover all costs associated with responding to false alarms but is intended to encourage responsible use of alarms in order to reduce the number of false activations.
What Does "Verified" Mean?
Verified means visual or audio confirmation of emergency at an alarm site, which requires a public safety response, by one of the following: