Report: Fort Lauderdale residents overcharged for false alarms

According to a report published in the South Florida Times, residents and business owners in Fort Lauderdale may have been improperly charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in false alarms fines in recent years.

An investigation by the paper revealed that in 2008, the city improperly charged more than $450,000 for police dispatches to false alarms and $7,000 for false calls responded to by the fire department.

The city’s alarm ordinance for residents calls for a fine of $50 for a second false call to the police department, $75 for a third, $100 for a fourth, and $200 for any fifth or subsequent violation. The fines are doubled for businesses.

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