City: This better be an emergency

Greenwood business owners and residents will face a new fine if their security alarms go off when there’s no emergency or if they repeatedly call 911 for no good reason.

The city plans to start charging property owners $50 fines if police repeatedly have to go on runs for false alarms or false 911 calls. The goal is to get property owners to fix faulty alarm systems, not to collect more money, Greenwood Police Chief John Laut said.

New Whiteland police and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office also are looking at imposing similar fines but have yet to bring proposals forward. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department already charges fines of $25 to $200 for each false alarm after the first written warning.

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