St. Johns Sheriff's Office won't respond to repeated false alarms anymore

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, August 19, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH—An Aug. 18 story from the Florida Times Union the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office has a new ordinance intended to help cope with the financial and staffing burden created by the false alarm problem.

The law, which took effect July 13, lets officers stop responding after the 10th false alarm caused by a homeowner's negligence.

City officials say it’s a step in the right direction.

Under the ordinance, the first-time offence results in a letter notifying the offender of the false alarm. The second offence means a $25 fine that can be waived by taking a training course. The third one is $50, the fourth $75, the fifth through the eighth false alarm fines are $100 and the fine is $125 for the ninth. On the 10th offense, officers don’t have to respond to the home or business.