VIRGINIA BEACH-Fines will be imposed soon for people who sound alarms for non-emergencies in Va. Beach.
Police say officers respond to about 1,800 calls a year (for example: manually-triggered panic, duress, hold-up alarms) that end up being false calls.
This is phase 2 of the False Alarm Reduction Program, effective January 1, 2014. Police say it's designed to cut down on the number of false alarms generated by alarm owners and operators and to help maximize the use of police resources.
After two false alarms at any location within a year, there will be a $150 for residential and $250 for commercial alarms. Failing to register or pay false alarm response fees may place the alarm location in a “No Response” category. That means police may not respond to future alarms.
The False Alarm Reduction Program began in 2009. Before then, police say officers responded to more than 22,000 false alarm calls each year. With the program in place, false alarm calls dropped from 22,049 in 2008 to 14,952 in 2012, a 32% reduction.
For more information on the False Alarm Reduction Program, contact Master Police Officer Jeffrey B. Jensen at 385-1739.