Corsicana, Texas, Updates Alarm Policy

The Corsicana Daily Sun newspaper in Corsicana, Texas, reported today that the town has addressed false alarms with a new ordinance.

The city council has approved an ordinance that will increase the fines for false burglar alarms, though the policy is still quite lenient by many city's standards. The new ordinance, which was supported by the town's police chief, gives alarm system owners three "free" false alarms, and then charges them a $50 fine on the fourth and fifth false alarms. The fine increases to $75 for the sixth and seventh false alarms, and then to $100 per each additional false alarm.

The previous alarm ordinance only charged $25 per false alarm, and then only after the fifth false alarm.