Bedford, Ind. to enforce 1981 alarm ordinance more stringently

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, March 1, 2009

BEDFORD, Ind.-- The Bedford Police Department issued notice March 10 it intends to enforce more stringently a 1981 ordinance regarding fines for false alarms. According to BPD Chief Dennis Parsley most false alarms are generated by problems with equipment. “A number of alarm holders have been advised of problems with their alarm systems but have yet to address and correct the problems. This results in constant false alarms which present an unacceptable danger to officers and citizens alike.” Parsley re-established the Alarm Board, a three-member panel authorized to oversee alarm use. The board decided to allow alarm owners until June to resolve their issues. At that point, only three false alarms will be allowed per 12-month period. A service charge of $25 will apply to the fourth and fifth alarms. Following that, each false alarm costs $50. Parsley noted alarms triggered by severe weather conditions will not be counted.