Between 2006 and 2012 the Bakersfield Police Department responded to approximately 119,973 alarm calls. Over this time frame approximately 97% of these calls were false alarms. A good alarm call is one which there is evidence of an attempted or criminal act.
Residential and commercial burglary and/or robbery alarms can deter criminal activity, but unfortunately false alarms are common. Responding to false alarms consumes valuable police resources and unnecessarily prevents delays or diverts police officers from responding to essential calls for service and other needs in the community.
On August 17, 2011 the Bakersfield City Council adopted ordinance 5.08 related to installation, use, and police response to alarms within the city of Bakersfield. The ordinance covers all alarms with the exception of fire and automobile alarms. As a result of this ordinance, additional requirements were placed on alarm owners and companies. See a full version of the city ordinance.
The Bakersfield city false alarm program’s primary goal is to reduce the number of false alarm responses and to educate our community on how to avoid false alarms. On this website there is additional information to assist you in understanding your responsibility as an alarm user and to be aware of the fines and penalties for excessive false alarms.
All alarm owners are required to register their alarm systems and renew the registration annually. You may register or renew your alarm over the phone at 877-665-2984 or online at www.crywolf.us/bakersfieldca . You can also download a printable version of the application here and return it via the mail to the post office box listed on the bottom of the form.
Each time there is an activation of an alarm that results in a police response there will be a review to determine if the alarm qualifies as a false alarm. If there is no indication of criminal activity or other exemption from the classification of a false alarm, the following fee schedule will apply:
The city of Bakersfield has outsourced a majority of the administrative tasks associated with the registration and regulation of the alarm ordinance to the Public Safety Corporation. They can be reached from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 877-665-2984.