Greenwood considers charging for false alarms

Greenwood business owners and residents will face a new fine if their security alarms go off when there’s no emergency.

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

New Whiteland police and the Johnson County sheriff’s office also are looking at imposing similar fines, also as a deterrence. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department already charges fines of $25 to $200 for each false alarm after the first written warning.

Greenwood has long recognized false alarms as a problem and wanted to take some action against them for years, Laut said. He proposed the fine after an annual review of changes the police department administration could make.

The Greenwood City Council voted 7-0 Monday to give preliminary approval to fines against property owners for false alarms.

See Wednesday's Daily Journal for more information.


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