False Alarms Reduction and Enforcement

If your home or business has installed or utilizes an alarm system for the deterrence of theft or burglary, or the prevention of fire, then the Horry County False Alarm ordinance will apply to your business or residence. These rules were enacted to minimize the costs and response by public safety personnel to false alarms. Horry County Police and Fire will always respond to alarm activations, but find it necessary to reduce the responses to false alarms. We highly recommend, encourage, and request that owners/operators of alarm systems learn how to operate the alarm systems, and how to cancel false alarm activations which will increase the effectiveness of our emergency response personnel.

The Horry County Police Department and Government do NOT wish to fee any resident or business. We do NOT want the money, we want to REDUCE false alarm responses. Our public safety officers time is more valuable than the fees received. We need the officers free to respond to legitimate criminal incidents rather false alarms. We understand accidents occur, however we need residents and businesses to take responsibility for their alarm systems, and cancel false alarm activations. Please learn how to cancel your false alarms, and disseminate this information to your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors.