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BPD: "False Alarm" Ordinance Will Get Dusted Off Starting June 1st

Last updated on Thursday, March 12, 2009

(BEDFORD) - Bedford police are getting frustrated with the number of false alarm calls they are getting, and starting this summer, will start charging for them.

Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley tells WBIW News an ordinance that's been on the books in Bedford since the early 1980s, but never really enforced, will get dusted off starting June 1st.

Parsley says starting that day, alarm systems that go off in error and require a police check-up, could wind up costing that alarm's owner as much as $50. Parsley says "chargeable" false alarms, which are those that are not caused by weather or those that are followed up by the owner telling police to disregard it, will be free for the first 3.

False alarms number 4 and 5 will cost you $25, and all beyond that will cost $50.

Parsley says his department dealt with almost 400 chargeable alarms between March 2008 and New Year's, and have handled 96 so far this year.

One business last year reportedly had 30 chargeable alarms in just over 24 hours.

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