Navajo County Board approves false alarm ordinance

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, March 15, 2010

NAVAJO COUNTY, Ariz.—A March 12 story from reported the Navajo County Board of Supervisors on March 9 approved a new ordinance March 9 that imposes civil penalties for excessive false alarms.

“Excessive” is defined in the ordinance as four or more within any 365-day period. The ordinance makes a distinction between false alarms and false robbery alarms, although both will be penalized if there are four or more within a one-year period.

Several exceptions are made in the ordinance, including ones for newly installed systems and for public agencies. While public agencies are entirely exempt from the ordinance, newly installed or re-installed systems are granted a 30-day exception.

The penalty for a fourth false alarm that is not a robbery alarm is $150. Additional false alarms will increase the penalty by $200 for each additional false alarm. For example, the fine for a fifth false alarm is $350, sixth false alarm, $550, and seventh, $750.

    Penalties for false robbery alarms are greater, with a $500 fine for a fourth false alarm within a 365-day period and a $300 increase for each false alarm after that, for a total of $800 for the fifth false alarm, $1,100 for the sixth and $1,400 for the seventh.