Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Police Department will begin a stricter enforcement of the city’s “Avoidable Alarm Ordinance” on Feb. 1.
The ordinance pertains to local businesses and residents who have alarm systems that call for a police response that do not function properly and require repeated responses when in fact no emergency exists.
A fine will be levied by the city when the set amount of responses are exceded.
The ordinance will only apply when the police are called to routinely respond to the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner.
The fine will be charged after police respond to an address more than five times for a false alarm.
On the sixth and seventh response, a $25 fine will be levied and for every response after that, a $50 fine will extend for the remainder of the calendar year. On Jan. 1, everyone will start from zero again.
Violators will be notified by mail of the assessed a fine and the procedure for paying the fine.
Any alarms caused by violent weather conditions or other acts of nature, or similar situations beyond the control of the owner/operator, or the activation of the alarm system for any circumstance in which the activator reasonably believes that an emergency does exist will not be considered an avoidable alarm and that response will not be counted against them.
The goal of the enforcement, police said, is to get business owners and the residents to repair or replace faulty alarm systems that sap police resources.
For more information, call the North Tonawanda Police Department Training and Support Office at 692-4119.