Louisville Adopts False Alarm Fee Ordinance

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

With one councilman citing false alarm fees as impetus for
installers to properly train burglar alarm users, the
Louisville, Ky., City Council adopted a false alarm fine
ordinance, the Courier Journal reports. Under the
ordinance, which takes effect Nov. 1, the user is allowed
two false alarms before a bill is sent. The third through
seventh false alarm yields a $100 fine each; eight through
12, $200 each; and more than 12, $300 each.

False hold-up alarms are also subject to fines. The first
is free, but the rest will cost users: two to four alarms,
$250 each; five to nine, $500 each; and more than 10,
$1,000 each.

According to the Council, which approved the ordinance in a
24-1 vote, Louisville police responded to 40,000 false
alarms in 2002, which they say totals 19,000 work hours and
$500,000 in government fees.

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