The False Alarm Reduction Association is committed to reducing false alarms. Members are employed by government and public safety agencies, along with alarm industry and other professionals.

We have created a wealth of information to help alarm users use their systems effectively while reducing false alarms.

An alarm system can bring you a sense of security and peace of mind and is effective with proper installation, adequate training and regular maintenance.

If you share our commitment to reducing false alarms we invite you to join our association. Click here to learn how.

User Training Video

FARA worked with the North Texas Alarm Association, Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association and the National Electronic Security Alliance to create a video that can be used to train alarm users about false alarms.

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What is a False Alarm?

  • For A Burglar or Holdup Alarm: A false alarm is notification of an alarm to law enforcement when the responding authority finds no evidence of criminal offense or attempted criminal offense.
  • For a Fire Alarm: The activation of any fire alarm system which results in a response by the fire department and which is caused by the negligence or intentional misuse of the fire alarm system by the owner, its employees, agents or any other activation of a fire alarm system not caused by heat, smoke or fire.

False Alarms Are A Problem

  • Cost You: False alarms cost system users $$$.
  • Waste: False alarms waste valuable public safety resources.
  • Delay Response: False alarms can delay response when you really need it.
  • Complacency: Frequent false alarms tend to make responders complacent. Complacency leads to carelessness. Carelessness injures law enforcement & firefighters.
  • Cry Wolf: Can desensitize the community to actual incidents and lead occupants and others to ignore the alarm when it goes off.
  • Can discourage use of alarms: False alarms make owners reluctant to use their system, exposing their home, facility or business to fire and property damage.