Memphis, Tenn. approves fines for false alarms

Low-priority response list for repeat offenders implemented
SSN Staff  - 
Monday, October 4, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—A Sept. 29 story from The Commercial Appeal reports the Memphis City Council approved a measure Sept. 28 that imposes fines on people whose home or business burglar alarms frequently register false reports. Furthermore, repeat offenders risk loosing response priority from authorities.

The ordinance, which the council had previously approved but had to revisit because Shelby County made some minor changes, modifies a 1999 ordinance and sets limits on the number of allowable false alarms within a 12-month period.

For the first three false alarms, the owner receives a written warning. At the fourth false alarm, the owner must attend a mandatory alarm-user class.

After the fifth false alarm, the owner must pay a $25 fine and will receive a letter requiring inspection of their alarm. After the seventh false alarm, the owner must pay a $25 fine and civil damages of $90. After the eighth false alarm, the owner must pay a $25 fine, civil damages of $90, and will be placed lower on a priority response list.