False Alarms

The City of Rancho Cucamonga has established Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Code 8.26 to defray costs incurred in providing law enforcement services in response to repeated false alarms. A "false alarm" is considered an activated alarm or alarm signal which is responded to within the City of Rancho Cucamonga by Police Officers, but for which no emergency situation exists. Those alarms activated by extraordinary meteorological, atmospheric, or other conditions as determined by the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department shall not be considered false alarms for this purpose.

On each third and subsequent false alarm response to a particular location during the same fiscal year, a service charge shall be paid to the City of Rancho Cucamonga based on the following fee schedule:

Third False Alarm $ 25.00
Fourth False Alarm $ 50.00
Fifth False Alarm $ 75.00
Sixth False Alarm $100.00
Subsequent False Alarms $100.00

Facts You Should Know About False Alarms

  • About 65% of false alarms are caused by human error such as; forgetting to turn off the system, entering through the wrong door, accidentally pushing the panic button, etc.
  • In one month alone, 406 of 409 alarm calls in Rancho Cucamonga were "false alarms".
  • False alarms increase unnecessary safety risks to police officers, motorists, and other citizens as officers try to respond quickly to catch burglaries in progress.
  • Valuable police resources are wasted responding to non-existent emergencies, and the safety of other citizens who need police response could be jeopardized when police units are made unavailable by false alarms.