Chico City Council approves false alarm fines for security companies

Oct 9, 2014 1:27 AM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

Pretty soon the city of Chico could be the first in California to implement a fine for false alarms that draw police response.

This comes after a controversial move by the Chico police department deciding in June that it would no longer respond to security alarms without verification of the crime. The drafted approach approved by city council members last night fines security companies directly.

In 2012 alone, the Chico police department had more than 3,200 false alarms totaling up to $300,000.

The ordinance applies to any alarm companies doing business in the city of Chico. Whether local or national, each company will be treated the same.

Proponents say it should force alarm companies to do their part to troubleshoot their systems and monitor false alarms.

The ordinance would impose a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 the second offense and $300 for the 3rd or higher offense.

The draft was approved last night but not adopted yet. The city attorney is working on the language to appeal to opponents. The final reading is in two weeks.


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