UW Police

Alarms and Permits

Campus Alarms

Departments with alarms must register their alarm with the University of Washington Police Department by completing an Alarm Registration Form. This registration will provide the necessary information to allow a timely coordination and response by UWPD dispatch and officers to all calls.

Departments with an alarm (temperature, intrusion or duress) are responsible for ordering, maintaining, upgrading and cancelling their own service.

The Problem of False Alarms

In the United States in 2002, police responded to approximately 36 million alarm activations at an estimated annual cost of $1.8 billion. Most of these activations were burglar alarms. The vast majority of alarm calls—typically 94 to 98 percent—are false.

Costs of False Alarms

Each false alarm response requires approximately 20 minutes of police time, with usually two officers. This response of valuable police resources takes away from policing efforts elsewhere on the campus. As a result, the UWPD charges a fee for all false hold-up, intrusion and panic alarms.

The UWPD charges $135.00 per false alarm to the offending subscriber department.

Call the UWPD Alarms Coordinator at 206.543.0507 to discuss your concerns.