Va. Beach Police to Charge Fee for False-Alarms

Dec. 13, 2013

Police in Virginia Beach plan to start imposing fines on residents who sound alarms for non-emergencies.

Officials say officers respond to about 1,800 calls a year that end up being false alarms.

The new policy begins January 1st. After two false alarms at any location within a year, there will be a $150 fine for residents and $250 fine for commercial alarms. Failing to pay the fees could result in residents being put in a "No Response" category.

The false alarm reduction program began in 2009. Since then, false alarm calls have dropped 32-percent.

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