Franklin, N.J. enacts new false alarm penalties

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

FRANKLIN, N.J.—A July 13 story from reported an ordinance to raise false alarm penalties was adopted by the Township Council on June 23 to go into effect July 19.

Both residents and businesses will not be charged for the first three false alarms in a calendar year. A fourth false alarm will incur a $50 fee; the fifth, sixth and seventh will be $75 each; eight and above will be $100 each. There will also be a $15 court fee for each false alarm starting with the fourth one. Residents were previously given warnings after the third, sixth and ninth false alarms, and were not fined until the 10th.

In addition to the fines, the ordinance establishes a one-time registration fee of $25 for each residential alarm and $50 for each commercial alarm. All alarm devices must be registered within 30 days of installation or activation with a central monitoring center, and additional fines will be incurred for failure to register. Any alarms registered with the police department prior to July 19 will not be required to pay a registration fee.