New Austin Rules Fine Homeowners After 3 False Alarms


Austin homeowners will face being hit with harsher fines for false alarms on home security systems, according to a newspaper report.

A 2005 state law allowed cities to increase fines for false burglar alarms, and Austin started charging slightly larger fines three months ago, according to the American-Statesman.

The Austin City Council is considering adding the changes to a city ordinance, the newspaper reported.

Homeowners used to be charged $50 for six or more false alarms in a year. They can now be charged $50 for four or five false alarms in a year, $75 for six or seven and $100 for eight or more, the newspaper reported. The fine remains $100 for three or more false alarms on panic buttons, which signal immediate danger.

Austin police responded to 23,800 false alarms in 2006.

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