Monroe residents will be fined for false alarms

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MONROE, Conn.—A story from the Connecticut Post reports the Monroe Town Council passed an ordinance Dec. 13 that decrees a homeowner will be fined $50 the second time his or her alarm goes off without good cause, with the fine going up for repeat offenses. The ordinance was pared down from an original version, which called for a one-time fee when a homeowner registered an alarm, as well as a yearly maintenance fee.

About 60 other Connecticut towns have similar ordinances, according to the story. In Fairfield, homeowners get fined after the fourth false alarm in a fiscal year. Stratford has had an ordinance on the books for more than 15 years that fines false alarms $100 after the fourth incident.

The Trumbull Police Commission is trying to g et a similar ordinance passed in Trumbull. The commission is debating whether to charge a registration fee for alarms, and whether to charge a yearly maintenance fee.