Foster City false alarms will be costly

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, August 22, 2011

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—An Aug. 16 story from the Foster City Patch reports changes in Foster City’s false alarm ordinance have been enacted as a means of recouping costs involved for responders.

The changes include a reduction in the number of free false alarms before a fine is imposed, and the addition of a fine enhancement for multiple high risk false alarms.

Additionally, the annual tracking period was changed from the calendar year to July-June.

The previous city ordinance permitted three false alarms a year before a fine was imposed. The new ordinance reduces the number of free false alarms to only one per year. On a second false alarm call, the city will charge $50 for a standard response and $100 for a high-risk response. The fees continue to escalate with every false alarm.

The fine enhancement applies to panic alarms, often manually activated by a person in need, as well as to robbery (hold-up) alarms.

The changes began July 1, 2011.