posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 4:32 PM
Georgia Cities Enact Alarm Ordinances
The Georgia cities of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody are rolling out alarm registration programs as part of recently adopted false alarm ordinances.
Atlanta officials sent a press release on July 29 reminding people to register their alarms as part of the new ordinance, which takes effect Sept. 15. At a recent Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting, Deputy Chief Operating Officer Hans Utz said the north Atlanta community generates many of the city’s false alarm reports.
There is a $150 fee for Atlanta residents that fail to register. The deadline for Atlanta is Feb. 1, 2014.
Sandy Springs and Dunwoody will soon make formal announcements about alarm registration, Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said.
Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan said the concern about false alarms isn’t new.
“The Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek ordinances have not gone into effect yet,” Grogan said. “I do believe they will make a significant impact on our false alarm calls and I believe we will see a reduction in these types of calls. The issue of false alarms has not suddenly become a concern. It has been a concern for some time. However, it takes time to enact an ordinance such as this.”