N.J. town enforces alarm ordinance

Aug. 4, 2008
Roughly 70 percent of false alarms coming from city's own buildings

As a N.J. town begins enforcing its false alarm ordinance, it's finding that 70 percent (653 out of 843) of the false alarms being received are coming from government-owned buildings.

The town of Bridgeton, N.J., has just begun enforcing an alarm ordinance approved in February that levies fines for repeat false alarm offenders. However, there's the caveat that the false alarm offenders who are fined can only be private citizens, despite the fact that of the 843 false calls received since the ordinance was passed, only 257 were from privately owned homes and businesses.

The ordinance sets fines to start at $50 and rise with subsequent false alarms; it also makes the alarm company liable if it finds that they are not performing the necessary service for these alarm systems (service, presumably, which could keep the alarms from sending notifications when there really is no alarm needed).

Read the full details in the Bridgeton News article.