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Lilburn set to begin fines for false alarms

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.

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HonestIngine 1 year, 11 months ago

This county has more cities that are duplicating services provided by the county.. When are we going to have just one strong county government and do away with these cities?

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Please be CAREFUL of what you wish for. We don't need a Bloomberg here.

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Mack711 1 year, 11 months ago

This is another way for Lilburn to raise more revenue. Yes there are a lot of false alarms and it is distracting the local police from radar duties at times. Our alarm went off and the County Police responeded 25 minutes later just enough time for the thieves to get what they wanted. Their response was your insurnace company will pay for your loss.They do not know if it is a false alarm or not. If it is then fine the owner for the second one and try to respond faster. The street goes both ways on this issue.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree totally. If they dont respond in 15 minutes they need not come....Or better yet fine them say 5 dollars per minute past the 15....This is total bulls&( its just another revenue booster....Take them away from the donut shop and the quick trips and we could maybe save some of our belongings.

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