New Orleans to crack down on false burglar alarms
NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans' police chief and other city officials have announced plans for a crackdown on a problem that wastes police manpower: false burglar alarms.
Burglary-in-progress phone calls from residents - or alarms triggered by residents - will continue to get emergency responses. So will alarms in which alarm companies verify a crime-in-progress by audio or video.
But unverified break-in alarms will get a lower priority response under a policy announced Wednesday by chief Michael Harrison. And under a proposed ordinance, two false alarms at an address in one year will bring a $75 fine. A third false alarm that same year will bring a $150 fine - and police will not respond to future alarms at the address.
Officials said the ordinance is modeled after successful laws in other cities.