Abington, Pa. revises alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, February 17, 2011

ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa.—A Feb. 14 story in the Montgomery News reports the Abington Township Board of Commissioners on Feb. 10 voted 12-3 in favor of amending the current alarm system ordinance, which charged nonresidential alarm users a fee each time their alarms sounded without merit.

Under the original ordinance, nonresidential customers were charged $35 for the third offense. Fees went up to $100 for six or more offenses.

According to the newly adopted amendment, nonresidential customers who are current in the payment of the annual alarm system registration fee and have not had more than five false alarms in any one calendar year, are exempt from false alarm fees.

Those customers who have had more than five false alarm offenses will be subject to the fee schedule listed in the ordinance.

The rest of the ordinance will remain the same, and the amendment became effective immediately after the board’s adoption.