New Suffolk County Alarm Permit Law
Alarm Management Program of Suffolk (AMPS)
On June 1, 2016, Suffolk County launched the Alarm Management Program to reduce the number of false alarms that the Suffolk County Police Department receives. False alarms are more than an inconvenience; they take up time and energy of emergency personnel who may be needed to respond to a real emergency. That is why Suffolk County has followed the lead of jurisdictions across the nation, including Nassau County and several East End towns to implement this program which has been proven to reduce false alarms and ensure that police resources are dispatched efficiently. As accidents do happen, a written warning will be issued for the first two false alarms generated at any registered location. Fees will be issued on a graduated scale for each subsequent offense. Unregistered locations will be assessed a service charge for the initial false alarm. *Alarms caused by smoke, fire or carbon monoxide are not included in this program.
The Suffolk County Police Department responded to over 97,000 false alarms in 2015. False alarms consumed over 32,000 patrol hours, diverting officers and resources from real emergencies. User error, system malfunctions and environmental triggers are the leading causes of false alarms.
What is a False Alarm?
A false alarm is any alarm activation resulting in a physical response by police that, after investigation, is determined to have not been caused by a committed or attempted crime.
You can currently register for the Alarm Management Program now:
ONLINE by clicking clicking here.
Please note that the Suffolk County Payment Portal only accepts Visa and MasterCard. To pay using American Express, please contact us directly at Lowitt Alarms.
IN PERSON at the Police Department’s AMPS Office located at 30 Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
BY MAIL by picking up an application at any police precinct or by downloading the permit form from www.SuffolkPD.org. Mail the completed form AND fee to the AMPS Office at 30 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980.
Fees MUST be enclosed with applications. Checks should be payable to the “Suffolk County Police Department”. After the application and fee have been processed, an Alarm Permit with your permit number will be mailed to you.
The initial permit registration fee is $50 for residences and $100 for commercial establishments with a 50% reduction for renewal. Permits are to be renewed annually.