What is a false alarm?

The Wichita Alarm Ordinance defines a False Alarm as: "1) the activation of an alarm system in the city resulting in a request for a response by law enforcement, fire or emergency medical personnel when a situation requiring a response does not, in fact, exist at the time of activation of the alarm; or 2) an alarm system designed to be used to report a robbery or holdup when used for any other purpose."

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1. What is a false alarm?
2. Are false alarms a problem?
3. What does the City hope to accomplish by enforcing the false alarm ordinance?
4. What is the effective date for the ordinance?
5. Who is required to have an alarm permit?
6. Who is Crywolf, and why should I visit their website?
7. How do I register my alarm system?
8. What is the cost of the alarm registration?
9. Do I need to notify the Alarm Administrator if I cancel my alarm system or move to a new address?
10. If I don't register my alarm, does that mean the City of Wichita Police Department won't respond if my alarm is triggered?
11. How much are the fees assessed for each false alarm?
12. Where do I send my check or money order?
13. Can I pay the fees online with a debit or credit card?
14. If I disagree with a false alarm assessed, can I appeal?
15. What will happen if I do not pay the false alarm fees?
16. What will happen if I have multiple false alarms per registration year?
17. If response is suspended to my alarm system, how can I get response reinstated?
18. If I have questions about an invoice I received, who can I call?
19. Where can I read or obtain a copy of the ordinance?
20. Who can I call if I have additional questions or comments?