L.A. considers higher fines, no ‘free’ false alarms

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, April 15, 2005

LOS ANGELES - A little more than three months into the year, city officials here are proposing some changes to the Los Angeles Police Department’s policy for burglar alarm response.

The Los Angeles City Council’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 year’s numbers. City officials have said they expect a more dramatic decrease if the City Council adopts the Public Safety Committee’s recommendation for eliminating the two “free” false alarms and increased fine structure. The cost of an alarm permit would remain the same.