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Greensboro (N.C.) Authorizes False Alarm Fee Increase

Business and homeowners will be warned once before they’re given a $50 fee that increases each time another false alarm occurs.



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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The city council here recently passed a false alarm fee increase in an effort to reduce the millions of dollars spent annually responding to nuisance alarms.

Deputy Chief of Police Brian Cheek told WGHP-TV that nearly $3 million was spent in 2013 responding to false alarms in the city.

Of all burglary and/or robbery alarm calls made to Guilford Metro 911, 98% of them are false alarms, according to the WGHP-TV report.

“That’s proactive time that’s taken away from officers each year on these false alarm calls,” Cheek told WGHP-TV. “So we’re wanting to reduce the false alarms to give the officers greater time to connect with community.”

Instead of two warnings, business and homeowners will be warned once before they’re given a $50 fee that increases each time another false alarm occurs. Storm related alarms will not count in the change.


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