Annapolis considers new false alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, February 19, 2009

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--The city of Annapolis is considering a new false alarm ordinance. The Website reported two city aldermen, Alderman David Cordle, R-Ward 5, and Alderman Sam Shropshire, D-Ward 7, introduced legislation at a City Council meeting Feb. 9 that would impose fees on repeat offenders in false-alarm calls.

Under the proposed city ordinance, two false alarms may be incurred during a revolving 365-day period. Upon the third, fourth and fifth false alarm, the resident or business owner will be assessed a $100 fine. The fine increases to $200 after the fifth false alarm.

Aggrieved residents and business owners will be able to appeal to a board established by the Annapolis Police Department, which will administratively review a petitioner's claim for relief.