City to charge after two false alarms

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NOVATO, Calif.—City council here has amended its existing false alarm ordinance to charge residents for multiple false alarms from residential and commercial alarm system calls answered by its police department, according to a May 28 story in the Marin Independent Journal.

The previous ordinance charged a resident after four or more false alarms within a year caused by an accident, malfunction or operator error. The ordinance was amended Tuesday by the Novato City Council to charge the $117 fee to residents after just two false alarm calls.

Novato has had an average 1,830 false alarm calls per year over the past three years, costing the police department more than $68,000 a year. The ordinance amendment is expected to generate about $20,000 annually.