Alarm Reduction Unit

Welcome To The Modesto Police Department's Alarm Reduction Unit!

Effective November 1, 2006, the Modesto Police Department began using Verified Response as a means of reducing the number of false alarm calls that patrol officers respond to. What this means for alarm owners is that the Modesto Police Department will no longer routinely respond to burglar alarms unless additional information is received to verify the validity of the alarm. The Alarm/Monitoring Company must be able to verify the alarm through the use of on-site audio and/or video equipment, or by a private security service. If the validity of the alarm was verified through the use of on-site equipment or a private security service, and it has been determined that the alarm is not false, the Modesto Police Department will dispatch an officer to respond.

The new dispatch policy does not affect the Police Department’s response to panic, robbery, duress, or other types of hold-up alarms. These types of alarms will continue to be treated as high priority by the Police Department.

The Modesto Police Department does not recommend that alarm owners respond to verify their alarm themselves, or send neighbors or friends. Doing so could be potentially dangerous if an officer, a security officer, or intruder is on-site. By now, alarm companies should have contracted with local security firms that will handle on-site verification.

Please visit the links below for more information on the Modesto Police Department's Verified Response policy.

To learn more, click on a division:

*Note - date of September 1st mentioned in above letters has been extended to November 1st.

Did you you know that all alarm systems that draw public attention, whether or not they are monitored by a company, must have a valid Alarm Permit on file? The Alarm Permit is FREE to file, but alarm owners may be fined $200 for NOT having an Alarm Permit on file. Alarm Permits must be renewed every five years, and you will receive notification from the Alarm Reduction Unit when it is time to update your permit. Click here to download the Alarm Permit application. Completed permits can be mailed to: Alarm Reduction Unit, PO Box 3313, Modesto CA 95353 or faxed to (209) 572-9649.

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Modesto Police Department
Alarm Reduction Unit
600 10th Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-572-9626
Fax: 209-572-9649