Businesses to face false alarm fines in Indiana town

Anderson city council approves escalating fines for false alarms to police


The city council in Anderson, Indiana, approved an ordinance Thursday that levies fines against businesses that have repeated false alarms to police.

According to published reports, the first false alarm will only result in a warning, but businesses that suffer a second false call within a calendar year will be fined $50, which will then double for a third and fourth offense. A fine of $300 will be imposed for any fifth or subsequent violation of the ordinance.

Twenty-five percent of the money received from the fines will go to the city’s general fund, while the remaining 75 percent will go to the police department’s training fund.