07/31/2007

Calif. city to start fining for false alarms

Billing commences this month as police department begins enforcement of ordinance passed in 2006

By Karl Fischer
Contra Costa Times
 

HERCULES, Claif. — Hercules residents gained new reason to bone up on their burglar-alarm owner's manuals this month.

Police will start enforcing stiff fines for errant alarms in hopes of cutting down on the time-consuming chore of checking on them. Three false alarms nets a $150 ticket, and there's a $200 bill for each false alarm thereafter.

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