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New Orleans to crack down on false burglar alarms

1 year 6 months 4 weeks ago May 14, 2015 May 14, 2015 Thursday, May 14 2015 May 14, 2015 4:50 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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