Cherry Hill increases false alarm fines

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, February 19, 2009

CHERRY HILL, N.J.--The reported on Feb. 13 The Cherry Hill township council had good reason to significantly increase the fine for false alarms. False alarms have been a problem for township emergency responders, particularly police, and some businesses and homes have been repeat offenders. The township hopes a $1,250 fine to help motivate those business owners or homeowners who haven't gotten around to fixing their malfunctioning alarms to do so.

The ordinance approved 7-0 by the council Feb. 9 only applies to repeat offenders—those businesses or homes where there are more than three false alarms in a month. The fine for those repeat offenders had been $350.