Alarm Ordinance Watch
The Daily Press reported in early December that the Town Council here has passed a new false-alarm ordinance, modeled on a policy adopted by Isle of Wight County officials in October. The new ordinance will charge $50 if police respond to a third false alarm in any 90-day period for residents, or any 180-day period for commercial alarm owners. Fees rise to $150 for a fifth alarm in that time period. Should firefighters respond, fees rise further to $100 for a third false alarm and $500 for a fifth.
The Daily Reflector reported that a false-alarm ordinance that went into effect July 1, is now being enforced as of Oct. 1. The city has launched a media campaign to publicize the new requirements to the public. Residential and commercial alarm owners must register their systems with the police department or face a $200 fine. Annual permits cost $15 for the first year and can be renewed for $5 in following years. The first false alarm is free, but the second false alarm for a permitted system is $25; the third and fourth false alarm is $50 each; the fines move up to $400 for the ninth and beyond. False alarms from a non-permitted system will be assessed an additional $200 penalty.
TV station KTRE reported last month that the City Council here is considering a false alarm ordinance that would allow each institution five false alarms per year. After that, the city would charge $300 for each subsequent false alarm. Both fire and burglar alarms would fall under the policy. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not hard to see why false alarms are costing the city so much: Ã¢â‚¬Å“From time to time, someone will call warning us itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a false alarm and not to send anyone,Ã¢â‚¬Â the television station quoted communications supervisor Keith Pickley as saying. Ã¢â‚¬Å“However, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not on the scene, so we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what the situation is. So we must respond and send units out regardless.Ã¢â‚¬Â
CaÃƒÂ±on City, Colo.
The Daily Record reported in early December that the City Council here is considering an update to the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s laws regarding third-party alarm companies. If the ordinance is passed, owners and partners will undergo an individual history record and criminal record check, and a business permit will cost $250 annually. In addition, city officials say they will now begin actively enforcing a $25 fee for a fourth false alarm in a calendar year and $50 for a fifth and beyond. City Clerk Becky Walker and Police Chief Dan Shull collaborated on updating the ordinance.