Georgia city considering adopting alarm ordinance

After receiving a plethora of false police and fire alarm calls this year, city officials in Augusta, Ga., are considering implementing an ordinance that would help the city cut back on the wasted man hours spent responding to those alarms calls as well as generate revenue.

According to published reports, residents and business owners who record more than three false alarms in a year would be charged a fee for any subsequent violation of the ordinance.

Officials are still working out the details, but it is expected that fines resulting from the passage of such an ordinance could raise as much as $150,000 for the city.