SSI logo

Louisville Files Lawsuits to Collect $400K in False Alarm Fines

Officials here have filed 37 lawsuits against businesses and organizations that have failed to pay thousands of dollars in false alarm fines.




LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials here have filed 37 lawsuits against businesses and organizations that have failed to pay thousands of dollars in false alarm fines.

The city enacted a false alarm ordinance in June 2005 after research showed that police responded to more than 40,000 false alarms a year, The Courier Journal reports. Although the Louisville Police Department has responded to less than 20,000 this year, it still costs an average of $90 per officer to respond to false alarms.

Since 2007, the city has collected more than $4 million in false alarm fines. Currently, businesses and residents owe the city roughly $400,000 in fees. The No. 1 offender is a Taco Bell that has had more than 40 false alarms since 2008 and owes $10,700 to the city.

Bill Cooper, president of the Kentucky Electronic Security Association (KYESA), has offered his support to the LPD, noting that a small percentage of businesses are responsible for the majority of the problem.

“Police response is not a right, it’s a privilege,” he told The Courier Journal. “They have a right to collect their money.”


Article Topics
Intrusion · News · Alarm Ordinances · False Alarms · Industry News · Law Enforcement Agencies · Lawsuits · Reducing False Alarms · All Topics

Security Is Our Business, Too

For professionals who recommend, buy and install all types of electronic security equipment, a free subscription to Security Sales & Integration is like having a consultant on call. You'll find an ideal balance of technology and business coverage, with installation tips and techniques for products and updates on how to add sales to your bottom line.
A free subscription to the #1 resource for the residential and commercial security industry will prove to be invaluable. Subscribe today!

Alarm Ordinances, False Alarms, Industry News, Law Enforcement Agencies, Lawsuits, Reducing False Alarms


Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


SPONSORED LINKS

Don't miss out! Subscribe to Security Sales & Integration magazine today. - Security Sales & Integration

LATEST SECURITY RESOURCES


View all security resources & downloads

EDITOR'S CHOICE