False Alarm Incidents Decline in South Florida Community


Thanks to an alarm ordinance enacted in 2004, Cape Coral police say, from December 2006 to March 2007 false alarm incidents are down 54 percent when compared to the same period in 2005 to 2006.

The ordinance required all businesses and homes with an alarm to register with the department. It also fines those whose alarms go off unnecessarily.

More than 9,000 people and 213 alarm companies have registered since the ordinance was ratified. A registered alarm system gives police immediate access to contact information for the owner.

The city is saving about $132,000 annually, according to Police Chief Rob Petrovich, when calculating that each alarm call requires two officers for 30 minutes, and the number of false alarms has been slashed by about 400 each month.

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