Flowery Branch City Council gives first approval to new alarm law

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, June 8, 2009

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.--According to a June 4 story at gainsvilletimes.com, the Flowery Branch City Council gave its first approval June 3 to a new law that would set fines for repeat offenders.

The council decided, however, not to require residents to obtain a permit for an alarm system, following a discussion addressing privacy and administrative concerns.

The ordinance allows two warnings for people responsible for a false alarm, which the law defines as “the activation of an alarm system through mechanical or electronic failure,” malfunction, improper installation or negligence. After the second warning, fines start at $50 and escalate to $500 based on the number of false alarms during a 12-month period.

The ordinance also allows the city to create a free “alarm user awareness class” and give offenders the option of taking it in lieu of paying a fine.