A 4-year old "false alarm" ordinance has significantly reduced false alarms by 44%. Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones says that amounts to about 11,000 false alarms.
Under the ordinance, home and business owners are allowed three false alarms. After that, they must pay $50 for a permit.
Jones says hitting alarm users in the pocket book is a reason for the success. "We started out with a large number of false alarms of just nearly 25,000 in 2000. Last year we ended with 13,808 false alarms," says Jones. Jones was giving Lubbock City Council members and update on how well the ordinance was working.
"This ordinance continues to reduce false alarms and we're very pleased with it," added Jones. Last year, the city issued 515 alarm permits to home and business owners across Lubbock.
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