A City Council vote in October has changed Shreveport, La.'s alarm ordinance.
The new ordinance increases false alarm fines. The previous ordinance allowed three false alarms per year before fining the alarm system owner; the new ordinance allows only one. The second false alarm will be fined $25, then $75 for the third, and increasing up to $500 for more than six false alarms.
According to a report on KTAL-TV, the city will be holding meetings for alarm system installing companies on Dec. 7, with two options, a 10 a.m. meeting and a 5:30 p.m. meeting. Alarm system owners will also have the option of attending educational meetings on the new ordinance; those are scheduled for Dec. 15 at either 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.
The Shreveport Alarm Coordinator's office can be reached at 318-673-6934. To visit the Shreveport police department's website click here.
The new alarm rules will be effective on Jan. 1, 2006.