The most recent City ordinance revision as of November 16, 2016 has enabled Escondido residents to enroll in an online false alarm prevention program. This course is entirely online and can be completed from any computer in about 30 minutes. It can be taken whether or not you have caused a false alarm, and the cost is $5.00. Upon course completion, the City provides a $10.00 reduction in assessed false alarm fines for permitted residents on the second false alarm. This reduction in fees is only allowed once in a 365 day period.