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Published July 19, 2010, 06:30 PM

City Council Urged to Increase False Alarm Fees

The 911 call center in Grand Forks says it's time to update an ordinance for fees when a security alarm accidentally goes off.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

The 911 call center in Grand Forks says it is time to update an ordinance for fees when a security alarm accidentally goes off. The center wants the Grand Forks city council to up the fees for false alarms.

Right now businesses and homes with alarm systems pay a $33 annually to cover police responding to an emergency. Owners have to pay $10 after the fourth time it goes off for a non-emergency.

The call center is asking that the fine go up to $25 for a fifth and sixth false alarm, and $35 per incident after the seventh time.

Officials say sometimes the alarms go off because of a mechanical malfunction.

" Anytime there is a response from a police officer and the event is not an emergency situation it is a false alarm," said Public Safety Answering Director Rebecca Ault

The city council met on the issue tonight. If passed, the fee increases would go into effect the first of the year.

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