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.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.