Conn. town latest to look at alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, June 24, 2004

June 24, 2004

Schools and state buildings exempt
BRISTOL, Conn. -The city of Bristol is considering implementing a false alarm ordinance that would fine repeat false alarm offenders, but buildings owned by the state, government and schools would be exempt.
According to a report in the New Britain Herald, city officials want to offset the cost of false alarms. False alarm fines could generate as much as $37,500 a year for the city, using estimates that it would bill about 1,500 false alarms at a cost of $25 each.
The city is basing its proposed false alarm ordinance on one in nearby Meriden that charges $25 for residential false alarms and $100 for commercial alarms. Alarm owners are also allowed four free false alarms before fines kick in, according to the report.
Meriden currently has a false alarm ordinance in effect, however it is not enforced by the police.