Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- This is not a false alarm: The city of Lilburn will soon be fining residents for just that.
Last December, the city enacted ordinance 423-11, which requires all residential and commercial alarm users to obtain a permit and reimburse the city for excessive false alarms. Registration for residents and businesses began Tuesday, and fines for excessive false alarms will begin June 15, Lilburn police Capt. Ben Haynes said.
The city introduced this ordinance to address the growing drain on city and police resources and taxpayer dollars caused by responding to excessive false alarms," Haynes said.
Police estimate that Lilburn officers responded to more than 5,000 false alarms between 2009 and 2011. The cost of those unnecessary calls has been pegged at roughly $116,000.
"Often, two officers must respond to these non-emergencies, which wastes your taxpayer dollars, diverts law enforcement from actual criminal activities and endangers public safety," Haynes said.
Permits for alarms cost $15 and can be registered online at lilburn.citysupport.org.
After June 15, unregistered alarm users will face fines of up to $500 for the first false alarm.
Registered users, however, will get one free pass each year. The second false alarm will result in a $25 fine, the third $50, the fourth and up $100 apiece.
The city is also offering an online "alarm school," which costs $10 and will knock $5 off an alarm registration fee.