Michigan town establishes alarm ordinance

The town of Holland, Mich., has officially instituted an alarm ordinance that will charge business owners fines for repeated false alarms, according to published reports.

Though they have been charging for false alarms for nearly 20 years, the town’s city council has now established a formal structure that imposes fines on a sliding scale based upon the number of violations a business has.

The ordinance allows for three false alarms without a penalty, but after that businesses can expect to be charged $50 for the following three false calls. The fine increases to $75 for violations seven through nine and then to $100 for each additional false alarm after that.