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Proposal: Fines for false alarms

Warren says most alarm calls aren’t real emergencies

January 31, 2013

WARREN — Police and fire personnel responded to an average of 3,500 home and business alarms annually over the last five years, and between 90 percent and 95 percent were false alarms....

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Jansen47

Feb-03-13 4:22 PM

Of coarse they are not real emergencies because warren cops are setting the alarms off themselves! Duh!

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Billdog

Feb-01-13 4:48 PM

But some people don't need an alarm in their tent and want to have police protection when their crack dealer comes and beats them up for not paying their bill. LOL!!!

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thinkfirst

Feb-01-13 12:45 PM

Why should people to DO NOT HAVE FALSE ALARMS have to pay a fee? Punish the good people instead of the bad.

Makes me want to move out of the city

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motherof2

Feb-01-13 7:10 AM

I don't think people should pay a fee to the city for having an alarm but should be charged for false alarms. My neighbor got robbed last February. His alarm was going off for 2 hours before the police came. They were responding to a false one.

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david1

Jan-31-13 5:41 PM

The alarm companys should employ security officers to respond to their companys alarms. If the guards actually find a crime then the police should be called. The cops should not be a private persons private guard for the few who decide to have an alarm.

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SURV69

Jan-31-13 5:32 PM

jfwahah:

I agree that if you don't have false alarms you shouldn't pay.

I think if you have more than one false alarm, you shouldn't pay.

But when I had an office downtown, there were false alarms almost daily, just around my office.

That's just plain and simple too many false alarms.

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Billdog

Jan-31-13 3:57 PM

Fee's are just becoming overly implemented. It might be time to just use the tax that voters agreed to for SAFETY SERVICES instead of the general fund. Then there would be enough SAFETY SERVICES at all times.

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jfwhaha

Jan-31-13 3:40 PM

I installed an alarm to protect my possessions and my family. I pay a monthly fee for monitoring. They call me if the alarm goes off and I tell them whether to call the cops or not. I believe the alarm systems have alleviated alot of the burglary calls in our city. If I have to pay a registration fee, I will pull my alarm and lets see how that affects our city!! Tired of all these fees. You have to pay to own a dog to protect your house! You have to pay to have an alarm system to protect your house!! How about just punishing those who have the false alarms and not everyone else!!!!

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daharvs42569

Jan-31-13 2:41 PM

IF THE CITY OF WARREN THINKS I'M PAYING A FEE BECAUSE I HAVE AN ALARM SYSTEM ON MY HOUSE THEY ARE F***ING CRAZY THEY CAN KISS MY YOU KNOW WHAT I GIVE THESE MORONS ENOUGH OF MY MONEY AND THEY DON'T EVEN COME IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN I CALL THEM COME IN MY HEIGHBORHOOD AND GET RID OF THE DRUG HOUSES SO I CAN BE OUTSIDE AND SAFE THEN TELL ME YOU WANT MY MONEY I PAY FOR AN ALARM SO MY FAMILY CAN BE SAFE NOT SO I CAN GIVE YOU PEOPLE MONEY

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PoohBear

Jan-31-13 12:50 PM

All these false alarms must be answered. Evidently many posters here have no problem with their tax dollars going to pay for the hundreds of false alarms each year. There's your "money grab"!!!

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brasco

Jan-31-13 12:08 PM

Seems like a goood proposal to me.

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SURV69

Jan-31-13 11:52 AM

Of course it's about the money.

But, imagine what would happen to a living person who constantly put in false alarms that really shouldn't have been.

No one wants the fear of mistaking what a false alarm to keep from putting an alarm in, but when 90+ percent of the alarms(from alarm systems), are false, something needs to change

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thetruth

Jan-31-13 11:42 AM

Once again they say it's not about the money, but it's about safety. Of course the private company monitoring the calls needs to make money, so it is about the money. These "leaders" (and I use that term very loosely) continue to show their incompetence. Maybe next week they can have an hour meeting about how the cars are parked in the municipal court parking lot. That seems to need to be fixed.

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Zenieth

Jan-31-13 11:30 AM

Well, the city is in financial ruins. Any revenue will certainly help their cause. Too bad they can't put a dent into the city's real problem with drugs and the crime that comes with it. Maybe we really need a complete system overhaul from the top down. I'm sure the residents would reduce burglar alarms if the city were a safer place to live. I'm sure crime would be reduced if the real issues were attended to to begin with.

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NoBudButMe

Jan-31-13 11:14 AM

"...nothing but a money grab by the city. If you add up all of the fees that must be paid, the city could earn between $75,000 and $100,000 in the first year."

THE CITY COULD EARN. Hey City of Warren, how about cleaning up the city and streets, attract new businesses to the City for you to "earn". Once again hitting-up the working citizens of Warren for revenue instead of developing ways to attract new revenue. Not only will the citizens be charged a fee, but their home alarm monthly bill will increase due to the fee being charged to the alarm company by the City of Warren.

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SURV69

Jan-31-13 10:52 AM

Just like store shoplifting alarms, these alarms always seem to be set to a high sensitivity . . . almost always too doggone high, resulting in not just false alarms, but an obscene number of false alarms.

They should either get alarms that actually work more smartly and realistically . . . or pay.

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