posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:41 PM by administrator

Prescott Valley, AZ, to Pass Alarm Ordinance

The Prescott Valley, AZ, Town Council is poised to adopt an ordinance cracking down on false alarms, and add 135 acres within the Prescott Country Club to the town's boundaries.

The council is scheduled to conduct the second reading of an ordinance on Nov. 21 that stiffens the fines of businesses and individuals whose alarms set off when they are not supposed to and trigger a response by police.

The ordinance, which will go into effect 30 days after the vote, will encourage responsible use of alarm systems by tracking incidents of false alarms and requiring owners to register their alarms after the first false alarm goes off, according to a staff report from Candi McElhaney. She is the administrative supervisor for Interim Police Chief James Edelstein.

Violators would face a civil fine of $52 after the first false alarm over a year-long period with the intent of offsetting the costs of dispatching police to the homes or businesses where the alarms went off. Edelstein has estimated that only 1 percent of the responses are for alarms in which actual crimes, such as burglary, occurred.