Pinellas County, Fla. enacts new false alarm program

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla.--The St. Petersrburg Times on May 22 reported through tampabay.com that a new false alarm program would soon begin. Under the new program, dubbed Sheriff's Alarm Registration Program or SHARP, property owners or business operators must register their alarm systems with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. If they do, two false alarms will be permitted per year without any penalty. The third false alarm will cost registered owners $75 and the fines will escalate up to $500 for future alarms.

Free registration can be completed on the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Web site at www.pcsoweb.com, or at any Sheriff's Office location, or at the city halls in the 12 contract cities: Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Belleair Beach, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor, Seminole and South Pasadena.

Those who fail to register their alarm systems with the Sheriff's Office will be charged a $175 fine the first time they have a false alarm and the fines for their future false alarms could rise to $600.

The new ordinance takes effect July 1.