April 2013 - Posts

Ceres, CA, Increases Fines for False Alarms

The Ceres, CA, City Council took action on April 22, 2013, to increase the tiered fines for repeated false alarms during a 12-month period. Adjustments approved recently allow the city to issue fines under an administrative citation process rather than take the offender to Small Claims Court. The new fine system is $100 for a first citation, $250 for a second and $500 for a third or more.

New Rochelle, NY, Considers Increased False Alarm Fines

The New Rochelle, NY, City Council is weighing increases in the fines charged for repeated false police or fire alarms — $100 for the third false alarm in two years rather than $80 for the third incidence within a year — while adding a $500-per-incident surcharge for owners of high-rise buildings.

Ceres, CA, False Alarm Fines May be Tied to Utilities

False alarms fines for emergency services in Ceres, CA, may soon be tied directly to garbage pickup at the premise to urge prompt payment. Currently, unpaid fines are turned over to small claims court to recover the revenue.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said if the bill goes unpaid for more than 15 days after it's due, the city could terminate service. In the first quarter of 2013, there were 609 alarm calls, or an average of seven a day.

Of the 420 false alarms during the first quarter, the police mailed 30 bills totaling nearly $3,000. Twenty-four percent of that has been paid. Police believe compliance will increase considerably when the fine is included in utility bills.

Paris, TX, Approves New Alarm Ordinance

The Paris, TX, city council approved a new ordinance that will charge a service fee to anyone having more than 12 false alarms in a year. A nuisance claim will be filed with the municipal court if a system generates 20 false alarms or more.

Huntsville, TX, Considers Annual Alarm Registration Fees

The Huntsville City Council, TX, city council is considering an amendment to the local alarm ordinance that would require annual permitting for residential and commercial facilities.