Anderson, Ind. passes false alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, August 21, 2009

ANDERSON, Ind.--The Herald Bulletin on Aug. 17 reported The Anderson City Council on Aug. 13 passed an ordinance setting fees for false alarms answered by the Anderson Police Department.

While the first false alarm run will result in a warning, subsequent offenses will cause fines. The second offense within a calendar year will net a $50 fine, the third offense $100 and the fourth offense $200. Subsequent offenses will bring a $300 fine each.

The city’s general fund will receive 25 percent of the fines paid, while the rest will go to APD’s non-reverting police training fund.

Aa false alarm is defined as “the activation of an alarm system eliciting any response by the Anderson Police Department which is not in response to actual or threatened danger to a person or damage to property” and can include activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or maintenance or a negligent, reckless or intentional act of an alarm user.

Police can use their discretion in assessing fines.