Jacksonville, N.C City Council discusses automatic alarm systems ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, March 1, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, N.C.--The Jacksonville City Council met Feb. 17 to discuss issues involving an automatic alarm systems ordinance, which was deferred from the last meeting.

Between 2001 and 2007, the Jacksonville Police Department responded to 21,000 alarm calls, of which 99.5 percent were false. It is estimated that each false alarm costs the city $119.

The false alarm ordinance passed with a condition of review in 12 months from the day of passing, and will go into effect Jul. 1.

The ordinance will find any false alarm in excess of 3 in a 12-month period to be in violation. Alarm owners will have 30 days from the issuance of a violation to pay their fines. Failure to pay fines within 30 days will result in discontinuance of law enforcement response.