L.A. considers higher fines, no Ã¢â‚¬ËœfreeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ false alarms
April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES - A little more than three months into the year, city officials here are proposing some changes to the Los Angeles Police DepartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s policy for burglar alarm response.
The Los Angeles City CouncilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Public Safety Committee on Monday endorsed raising the fee for false alarms from $95 to $115 and imposing that fine on the first false alarm at an address, rather than the third within a year. Each subsequent false alarm would result in a $50 escalation in the fine per incident.
The cost of a city alarm permit would remain unchanged at $31 with an annual renewal rate of $30.
According to the LAPD, the total number of false alarm calls has dropped 20 percent from last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s numbers. City officials have said they expect a more dramatic decrease if the City Council adopts the Public Safety CommitteeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recommendation for eliminating the two Ã¢â‚¬Å“freeÃ¢â‚¬Â false alarms and increased fine structure. The cost of an alarm permit would remain the same.