Maine Authorities Impose Fee for False Security Alarms

In an effort to reduce the man-hours its police officers spend contending with false security alarms, town officers here have voted to introduce a fee schedule to stem repeated responses to the false dispatches.

Under the fee schedule, which will take effect in July, the town will charge $50 per hour per dispatch after the third false security alarm to a specific location, according to Bangor Daily News.

Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer told the newspaper when an officer goes to an alarm and determines the doors and windows are secure, he often has to wait several hours for the key holder to show up.

“I’ve seen cases and my guys have seen cases where we’ve [sat] there and no one ever does call us back, so you’re tied up keeping an eye on that place,” Dyer said.

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