Davenport, Fla., to Hand Out Fines for False Alarms

A $50 fine will be issued after a resident’s third false alarm in a 365-day period, with a maximum fine of $500.

DAVENPORT, Fla. — The Davenport City Commission unanimously voted to pass an ordinance to combat false alarms, as the commissioners voted 5-0 on Monday night.

Residents’ third false alarm within a 365-day period will result in a $50 fine, according to The Ledger, with the fines going up after each false alarm after that. The maximum fine is $500 for eight or more false alarms.

If the false alarms are a result of technical problems, residents must prove they are in the process of fixing the problem with the alarm company, according to City Manager Amy Arrington.

“This has been a big problem recently and police are having to take time out of their day and respond to these,” Arrington said. “If it’s a technical problem and you’re not calling your alarm company to fix the issue, the fine is doubled.”

The Ledger reports a second reading is required to finalize the ordinance.

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