San Francisco May Enact $200 Fine

SAN FRANCISCO—In the Bay area, false alarms account for an estimated 19 hours a day of an officer’s time, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The city has approximately 17,100 false alarms annually, and each alarm takes approximately 25 minutes to investigate. In order to curb the problem, authorities have started to fine offenders up to $200. Both businesses and residents are allowed up to two false alarms, penalty free. The third false alarm will cost $50, the fourth $100, $150 for the fifth, and $200 for the sixth and any thereafter. Expected revenue from the fines is calculated to be approximately $136,000 annually.

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