Lincoln, Neb. ready to vote on new false alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

LINCOLN, Neb.--A Dec. 6 story from the Journal Star reported Lincoln’s current false alarm ordinance, enacted in 1982, was under review. Currently, the ordinance allows four false alarms without repercussion. Five or more are misdemeanors with $25 fines.

Under the proposed ordinance, a home or business can have six “free” false alarms in two years, but for each one after that there is a $100 fine. The fine increases to $250 after 15 false alarms.

Homes and businesses whose alarm systems require a police response also would begin paying $50 a year to register their alarms.

The ordinance also would change the fines to fees, so that rather than going to the school district, as required by the state constitution, the fees would go to city coffers to help offset police costs.

The ordinance had its second reading at the city council meeting Dec. 7th and is due to go before council vote on Dec. 14th.