False Alarms Draw Fines in Asheville, N.C.

Town follows through four years later on enforcement of 2002 ordinance


Asheville, N.C., police have decided to fine alarm system owners for false calls.

Following a greater than 90 percent false alarm rate, the town newspaper, the Citizen Times reported that the city has enacted a policy that would charge after three false alarms in a year. Fines would start at $50, but could increase to $500.

The new policy will be effective on July 1, although the ordinance was created in 2002, but not enforced until this year.