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False Alarm Defined

A false alarm is a signal from a burglar alarm system that elicits a response by the police when no emergency, actual or threatened criminal activity requiring immediate response exists. This includes signals activated by negligence, accident, mechanical or electrical failure; signals activated intentionally in non-emergency situations and signals for which the actual cause is unknown.

An alarm is not false if the alarm user proves:

  • An individual activated the alarm based on reasonable belief that an emergency, actual or threatened criminal activity requiring immediate response existed.
  • The alarm system was activated by lightning or an electrical surge that caused physical damage to the system, as evidenced by written documentation of a licensed alarm system contractor who conducted an on-site inspection and personally observed damage to the system.
  • The user experienced a power outage of four or more hours causing the alarm to activate upon restoration of power, as evidenced by written documentation provided by Florida Power and Light or other applicable providers.

 

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