The town of Vallejo, Calif., has a new ordinance in place in hopes of cutting back on false security alarm calls for police response.
The city has enacted enhanced call verification (requiring two call attempts to verify an alarm), and also fines system owners after their first false alarm in a year. According to the local newspaper article, the fines are $100 for residential systems and $300 for commercial/business security alarms.
Additionally, there are new requirements on panic alarms, and security system users can be placed on "non-response" if fines are not paid or if there are too many false alarms from that location. Fines can be diminished if the alarm call is canceled before police arrive, and there is no fine if the alarm call is canceled before the police head en route.