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The use of burglary alarm systems has substantially increased. Salt Lake City police officers responding to these alarms have found them to be 99% false. This false alarm rate has resulted in an overwhelming burden on law enforcement.

December 1, 2000, a new alarm ordinance took effect in Salt Lake City. A private security guard should now be responding to your burglar alarm. Responding to your alarm for the protection of your property will be their priority. They will determine if a police officer is required. The Salt Lake City Police Department will be involved in an on-going training effort involving all areas of alarm response with private guard companies licensed with the State of Utah.

The alarm ordinance still provides for fines for those who misuse their alarm systems. Please make sure you are familiar with your alarm system and have regular maintenance.

Alarms activated by people, such as robbery, panic and duress alarms, will remain a high priority and will be responded to by Salt Lake City police officers.

We believe this approach will form a healthy cooperation between the police department, the alarm industry and private guard services to provide Salt Lake City citizens with a faster, more efficient alarm response.

The Salt Lake City Police Department provides a large variety of crime prevention programs. We will do a personalized security survey of your home or business. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with the Salt Lake City Police Department Alarm Unit, please call us at (801) 799-3113.

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Salt Lake City Police Department Alarm Unit
475 South 300 East
PO Box 145497
SLC, Utah 84114-5497
Telephone: (801) 799-3113 | Fax: (801) 799-3325

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Highlights of the Salt Lake City Corporation Alarm Ordinance 5.08

Effective December 1, 2000:

  • 5.08.045 – Alarm companies are required to be licensed under the provisions of the Utah Burglar Alarm Security and Licensing Act, Sections 58-55-102.
  • 5.08.065 – Alarm permits are required prior to the operation of an alarm system. There shall be no charge for the permit and it does not expire until a change in ownership of the system occurs.
  • 5.08.095 – Section A. A private guard responder shall confirm an attempted or actual criminal event at the alarm site before a police officer will be dispatched. Wholesale or retail firearms businesses are exempt from this requirement.
  • 5.08.095 – Section B. A $150 penalty charged to a monitoring company for each request for police response from a duress, panic or holdup alarm where no valid alarm user permit is provided to police communications.
  • 5.08.095 – Section C. False information given to police shall result in a Class B Misdemeanor.
  • 5.08.095 – Section D. False duress, panic or hold up alarms which are determined to be false shall result in an assessment of a $100 penalty for the first, $150 for the second, $250 for the third, $350 for the fourth, and $450 for the fifth within a 365 day calendar.
  • 5.08.095 – Section F. The False Alarm Prevention Course is offered on a regular basis. Citizens attending this course will be issued a certificate worth the dismissal of one false alarm penalty.
  • 5.08.190 – Section E. It is the responsibility of the alarm business and technician to prevent false alarms during installation, system repairs, or system service. Proper notification shall be made to monitoring company that the system is in a test mode to avoid dispatching of law enforcement. Violation of this section shall result in a civil penalty of $150 per incident against the company employing the technician.
  • 5.08.200 – Automatic dialing devices, which automatically dial the police, are unlawful.
  • 5.08.230 – Appeal Procedures. Any alarm user shall have ten (10) business days from the date of the city’s written notice of a penalty assessment under this chapter to request in writing an appeal hearing. The filing of an appeal with the alarm administrator shall stay the assessment of additional penalties for that violation until the hearing officer makes a final decision. The burden to prove any matter shall be upon the person raising such matter. It shall not be a defense to any penalty assessment that: (1) the false alarms were the result of faulty or malfunctioning equipment; (2) the false alarms were caused by electrical surges, or (3) the false alarms were caused by the fault of another person during non-criminal incidents. The hearing officer shall render a decision within 10 days after the appeal hearing is concluded. Following issuance of such decision, additional penalty assessments shall accrue until paid, as provided in this chapter.


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Evacuating Your Home in an Emergency

Having your own evacuation plan can be a big relief and could help you avoid paying a premium for food, fuel and accommodations and taking a chance on where your family sleeps at night.

Basic Evacuation Planning Steps

Here are three questions you should answer to get started:

  • Where would you go? To get out of harm’s way, you may need to go north, south, east or west. Pick a destination in each direction. Your primary destination could be with family or friends within the range of one tank full of gas. Stop-and-go driving could drastically reduce how far you can get on a tank of gas, so take that into consideration.
  • Where would you stay? If you are with family or friends, certain comforts could be expected. Be sure to discuss this with your hosts ahead of time. Four families in a two-bedroom house could be very uncomfortable. If you end up in a shelter, only very basic needs will be provided, and could be in short supply – but being safe is your first concern.
  • What would you take with you? More on this later, but 1) food and water, 2) clothes and comfort and 3) cash and documents are three prime categories. It is recommended that you plan to be self-sustaining for at least three days. If you don’t have reliable transportation of your own, you need to know more in advance about what options are available from your neighbors or local government. Your county emergency manager’s office is the source for this information. What you can take with you are the same as above, but you are limited by how much you can carry.

Develop a Detailed Plan

Here is information you will need to know:

  • Find out from your local Emergency Management Office about evacuation plans. SLC Emergency Managment
  • Learn proposed evacuation routes and the locations of potential public shelters.
  • If you do not have personal transportation, make arrangements with friends or find out what resources can be provided through your local government.
  • Develop a Family Communications Plan.
  • Scale the plan: Do you need to evacuate your neighborhood, your community or the region.
  • Share the plan with family members. Discuss what to do if kids are in school, if a parent is far from home, etc.
  • Be sure you have all phone numbers: Work, school, cell phones and land lines, host family, friends, your local emergency management office and/or community evacuation resources.
  • Have your transportation arranged.
  • Keep your car fueled if evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during an emergency, out of fuel or unable to pump gas during power outages. Check your oil and other fluids, tire pressure, spare tire, jack and other tools.
  • Have a good road map. Evacuation routes may take you on unfamiliar roads.
  • If driving with someone else, set meeting place, stay in touch to coordinate pick-up times.
  • If using community transportation, find out where and when you need to arrive for pick-up.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit.
  • Food and water for three days and/or special dietary foods.
  • Toilet articles (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
  • Prescription medicines, medical equipment and important medical records.
  • Clothing for several days.
  • Blankets, pillows and towels (particularly if you may stay at a public mass care shelter).
  • Identification and important papers.
  • Checkbook, credit card and cash.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries, phone chargers and extra phone batteries.
  • Baby or pet supplies, including special food, sanitary items and play items.
  • Prepare to shut down your home or apartment
  • Know how to safely shut off electricity, gas and water supplies at main switches and valves.
  • Secure all loose yard items such as lawn furniture, BBQ grills, bird baths, trash cans, planters, awnings, etc.
  • Move valuable items to inner rooms or upper floors.
  • Your home could be without power for an extended period.
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer for perishable items.
  • Unplug major appliances to avoid damage from lightning strikes or power surges.
  • Consider obtaining and pre-drilling plywood to board up windows of your home.

What to do if Asked/Told to Evacuate

  • Gather all persons in the household together.
  • Household members outside the area may be advised not to return during an evacuation. They may be directed to a reception center or mass care shelter where you can join them. They should call you, or you call them, to be sure of everyone’s status.
  • Board up your home if you decide to cover outside windows.
  • Turn off lights and unplug unnecessary appliances.
  • Close and lock windows and doors. Close curtains and shades.
  • Check with neighbors to see if they need assistance. Offer to share transportation.
  • Notify others when you are leaving and where you plan to go.
  • Load your Disaster Supply Kit and all who are travelling together and leave.
  • Do not call local fire or police departments for information. Emergency workers need their lines for emergency use. If you need special help, call your local Emergency Management Office.
  • If you need a ride, go with a neighbor or contact your local Emergency Management Office.

* Sources of information:, bereadyutah, SLC Emergency Management.

Recognizing terrorism-related activity

When it comes to recognizing terrorism-related activity, the mantra is : if you see something, say something. To educate yourself, we provide the following pocket guide for you to observe, document and report suspicious activity:

Download the Information Collection and Sharing Guide

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No. __51__ of 2009
(Parties, Gatherings, and Events)

An Ordinance amending Chapter 11.14 of the Salt Lake City Code, relating to parties, gatherings, and events.

Be it ordained by the City Council of Salt Lake City, Utah:

SECTION 1. That Chapter 11.14 of the Salt Lake City Code, relating to parties, gatherings, and events be, and the same hereby is, amended as follows:

Chapter 11.14


11.14.010 Definitions:

The following words, phrases and terms as used in this chapter shall have the meaning for this chapter as indicated below:

A. “Host” means:

  1. The person having an ownership or leasehold interest in the premises; or
  2. A person who resides at or occupies the premises in any capacity, other than as a mere guest at the party, gathering or event; or
  3. The person in charge of the premises; or
  4. The person who organized the party, gathering or event; or
  5. The person who gave permission to hold the party, gathering or event on the premises;
  6. If the party is hosted by an organization, either incorporated or unincorporated, the term “host” includes the officers of the organization;
  7. If the host is a minor under eighteen (18) years of age, the term “host” includes the part or parents or legal guardians of the minor, whether or not they are present at the premises.

B. “Noise disturbance” means a noise disturbance as defined in Section 9.28.020(B)(15) of this code.

C. “Party, gathering, or event” means three (3) or more assembled for a social activity where: (i) alcoholic beverages have been or are being consumed contrary to law, (ii) substances regulated by the Utah controlled substances act are used by any person, or (iii) the noise from the party, gathering, or event makes a noise disturbance.

D. “Premises” means the property at which a party, gathering, or event occurs.

E. “Services fee” means the fee imposed by this chapter, calculated to cover, without limitation, related police department costs and reasonable attorney fees.

11.14.020 Services Fees-Special Security Assignment:

A. Any person hosting a party, gathering, or event within the City may be liable for services fess. Any services fee may be in addition to such other costs and penalties as may be provided in this code.

B. A services fee is owed for each time a police officer responds to a call or otherwise arrives at a premises to deal with a party, gathering, or event. The amount of the fees and the persons owing the fees are as follows:

  • (i) For non-rental property, the owner of the premises shall owe $300 for each visit of one or more police officers;
  • (ii) For rental property, the renters shall owe $300 for each visit of one or more police officers; in addition, the owner of the premises shall owe $100 for the third visit and $300 for any additional visits of one or more police officers during any 365-day period.

C. All services fees assessed under this chapter shall be due and payable within three (3) business days after the date a written notice of the services fee is sent to the person against whom the services fee is assessed. Any services fee paid within thirty (30) days after the due date shall be reduced by fifty ($50) dollars. Any services fee paid more than thirty (30) days but less than sixty (60) days after the due date shall be reduced by twenty-five ($25) dollars. Any services fee paid more than sixty (60) days after the due date shall not be reduced. If any services fee is not paid within ninety (90) days after the due date, the City may use such lawful means as are available to collect such services fee. If the City files an action in court to recover such services fee, the City shall be entitled to recover of its court costs, pre-judgement interest, and attorney’s fees in addtion to the services fee due and owing.

11.14.030 Recovery of Actual Costs:

In addition to the services fees described in section 11.14.020 of this cpater, the City reserves the right to seek reimbursement for actual costs that exceed the stated services fee, through other legal theories, remedies, or procedures.

11.14.040 This Chapter Not To Preclude Other Appropriate Action:

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent the arrest or citation of violators of the state penal code or other regulations, ordinances, or laws.

11.14.050 Administrative Appeals:

A. A Salt Lake City justice court shall consider matters relating to services fees.

B. Any person having received notice of the assessment of a services fee may appear before the Salt Lake City justice court and present and contest the alleged violation upon which the services fee was based.

C. If the Salt Lake City justice court finds that no violation occurred and one or more of the defenses set forth in this section is applicable, the justice court may dismiss the services fee notice, release the defendant from liability for the services fee, or modify the services fee as justice and equity may require. Such defenses are:

  1. Wrong name and address on the services fee notice;
  2. Compliance with the subject ordinances would have presented an imminent and irreparable injury to persons or property;
  3. Such other mitigating circumstances as may be shown by the appellant.

D. If the Salt Lake City justice court finds that a services fee was properly imposed and no applicable defense exists, the justice court may, in the interest of justice and on behalf of the City, enter into an agreement for the timely or periodic payment of the services fee.


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SALT LAKE CITY – Under a change in Utah law, the Salt Lake City Police Department now is responsible for the registration of all sex offenders who are off probation or parole and live in the city.

Per Utah Code §77-27-21.5, sex offenders must register every six months based on their date of birth. They also must update their personal information within three business days of any change in residence, vehicle, employment or educational institution.

Effective immediately and until further notice, sex offenders off probation or parole must make an appointment to update their information by calling (801) 799-3775 or emailing

Click here to search for sex offenders by address or name.


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The emergency notification system is designed to contact residents and businesses in the event of an emergency. The link below will allow you to voluntarily register your e-mail address, SMS (text message) device, TTY device, and I/M address to help ensure you receive emergency notification.

Register to receive emergency notifications