Loudoun County has enacted a False Alarm Ordinance (PDF) to decrease the number of false alarms from commercial and residential security systems. The new ordinance requires homeowners and businesses with alarms to register with the Sheriff's Office and also includes a fining system for frequent offenders.
The False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was created to administer the county's false alarm ordinance. The FARU's main function is to reduce the number of false alarms to which deputies respond each year.
The FARU registers alarm companies and alarm users. They send notification of false alarms and invoice for excessive false alarms to alarm users. The alarm administrator handles informal appeals regarding the false designation of alarm activations.
For further information on purchasing an alarm system and more false alarm reduction tips, please visit the Alarm User website.