Shawnee increases false alarm fines

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, April 15, 2011

SHAWNEE, Kan.—An April 14 story from NBC affiliate NBC ActionNews reports the town of Shawnee, Kan. has revised its false alarm ordinance, jacking up the fines offenders incur.

Currently police respond to alarms for free the first two times. After the two freebies the fine increases by $50 each time. The fine is capped at $250.

April 14 the City Council passed an ordinance that allows for one free false alarm. The maximum fine is increased to $500.

The ordinance revision takes effect on July 1.

Recently, security industry executives and Shawnee city officials worked together to forestall the municipality's considered move to private security officer response to all alarms.