Kettering implements new false alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

KETTERING, Ohio—The Dayton Daily News on Jan. 6 reported the city had passed on Dec. 10 a new alarm ordinance complete with administrative nuisance abatement fees.

The ordinance notes when multiple false alarms occur within a 24-hour period, beginning with the first alarm, it may be counted as one false alarm, unless the alarm user already had three or more false alarms during the same calendar year, Burke said.

City officials decided this new ordinance was more suitable than the previous one, which had been in effect since 2003, Burke said. The old ordinance said the alarm owner would receive a $100 fee for three false alarms within a six-month period and a $200 fee, per alarm, for every false alarm afterwards.

The police department is asking anyone who has installed an alarm in their residence or business and has not registered with the Kettering Police Department, to register by downloading a registration form at or by contacting Officer Jennifer Smithhart at (937) 296-3238.

Owners will have a one-time registration fee of $10 and will be asked to renew the registration every two years.