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What departments out there are charging to answer false burglar alarms?

How much, how often, etc...

Do you see it as a source of revenue or a way to make businesses / residences with faulty alarms fix the problem in a timely manner?
 

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They should charge the company down the street from me cause the old man leaves the place with the alarm going off for a good half an hour almost everyday. And when i call the station they never do anything.

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"Any user of an alarm system which transmits false alarms shall be assessed a fine of twenty-five ($25) dollars for a third false alarm occuring within a twelve (12) month period, fifty ($50) dollars for a fourth false alarm occuring within a twelve (12) month period, and one hundred ($100) dollars for a fifth and all subsequent false alarms occuring within a twelve (12) month period. All fines assesed hereunder shall be paid to the Town Treasurer for deposit in the general fund."

Does that help? :D

From a dispatchers' perspective, that bylaw (enacted 3/2002) did not noticably change the amount of false alarms, but it is hard to tell.

-Mike
 

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Originally posted by Gil:
What departments out there are charging to answer false burglar alarms?

How much, how often, etc...

Do you see it as a source of revenue or a way to make businesses / residences with faulty alarms fix the problem in a timely manner?
One S.Shore department that I know of allows three free responses to false alarms per calander year. After that, be it a business or residential alarm, they charge $25.00 per response. The main purpose is to encourage the business/residence to rectify whatever problem exists that is causing numerous police responses.
 

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City of Quincy when I lived there charged after the 3rd false alarm in a 30 day period.. I'm not sure if they still do or not but they did...
 

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Fall River Police Dept. will be charging i believe $25.00 for false alarms to make money for the citys budget woes, thats according to the mayors bright ideas.
 
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