Boise Police Begin Handing Out False Alarm Fines

BOISE, Idaho

A new ordinance affecting burglary alarm owners in Boise took effect Jan. 1.

The directive allows each alarm system one free false alarm, with an escalating fine schedule for subsequent false alarms, according to a report in the The Idaho Statesman. The scale proceeds as follows: first alarm, free; second, $50; third, $75; fourth, $100; fifth and subsequent false dispatches, $200.

According to the Boise Police Department, 99 percent of the 4,655 burglar alarms that officers responded to in 2005 were false, costing the department approximately $50,000.

The new ordinance also requires the implementation of enhanced call verification (ECV), where the alarm monitoring company must make two phone calls – one to the premises and the other to the owner, to verify the alarm.

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