Police consider fines for repeated false alarms

Two police departments are considering charging fees to property owners whose security alarms repeatedly go off when there is no emergency.

Each time police get an alarm call, officers treat the incident like it’s an emergency. But most security alarms are tripped by accident and pull officers away from other duties, police officials said.

Now, the New Whiteland Police Department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are looking to try to cut down on the number of repeated false alarms by imposing fines.

The fees would be charged if officers have to respond to any address multiple times for a security alarm that is tripped accidentally or malfunctioning, said Sheriff Doug Cox and New Whiteland Town Marshal Ed Stephenson. Police officials have recently started discussing the fee. Rules and dollar amounts haven’t been set, and the fines would have to be approved by the Johnson County Council and New Whiteland Town Council before they could be implemented.

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