FAQs

Do I have to register my alarm system?

YES - all Burglar Alarm systems must be registered with the Police Department at time of installation.

I purchased a new home with an alarm system already installed. Do I have to register it again?

 YES - if you have purchased a home with a pre-existing Burglar Alarm System, you must contact the Police Department to register with new ownership information.

Is there a fee for registering an alarm system?

YES - All alarm registrations are $30. There is also a $10 yearly maintenance fee for all registered alarms. The $30 initial registration fee is due with your registration form. The $10 yearly maintenance fee is billed during the first quarter of the year.

Are there fines for False Alarms?

YES - First false alarm per calendar year: warning.
Second false alarm per calendar year: $50.
Third false alarm per calendar year: $100.
Fourth false alarm per calendar year: $100.
Fifth and subsequent false alarm per calendar year: $250.

I accidentally set off my alarm, but told them not to come. Is that a False Alarm?

YES - Once our Communications Center receives notice from the Alarm Company that there is an alarm at your location, our officers must respond and verify that there is not a problem.

My Alarm is not functioning properly and goes off for no reason. Is that a False Alarm?

YES - Anytime our officers respond to an alarm and it is an accidental activation or equipment malfunction it is considered a false alarm. Please contact your alarm monitoring company to maintain proper functioning of your alarm system.

How do I pay?

You can drop off your payment at the Police Administration window at the West Chester Police Department or mail us your check or money order made out to:

West Chester Police Department
Attn: Staci King - Police Administration
401 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380

We do not accept credit cards or online payments at this time.