False Alarms Costly for Store Owner


Police in Annapolis, Md., cited Charles Kim, owner of Quarterfield Liquors, for intentional activation of a robbery alarm in a non-emergency circumstance when he intentionally activated his new hold-up alarm. Kim, 66, told a local newspaper that he pushed the hold-up button to see if it worked. Instead of the central station operators calling to verify the alarm first, as they always did with his original system, they immediately dispatched the police.

The new hold-up system was installed in a trailer that Kim now uses while his regular store is being rebuilt after a previous fire. According to Kim, the alarm company did not take the time to explain how the new system worked.

A police spokesman said that the department does not usually issue citations for accidental hold-ups, but the responding officers were inclined to do so because Kim intentionally pressed the button.

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