False alarms are going to cost you


City officials announced this month that, beginning March 1, those responsible for more than two false police alarms within a year will accrue a false alarm fine.

The local police department responded to over 3,000 false alarms (over 99 percent of all alarm calls) last year, it reports.

Penalties for the third and fourth false alarms within a year are $200 each. With the fifth false alarm comes a $200 fine plus suspension of the alarm permit.

Reinstating a permit will cost $250.

If you or your alarm company cancel an alarm before a police officer arrives, the alarm won’t count.

The City of West Sacramento has contacted with “Public Safety Corporation/Cry Wolf” to administer the permits and false alarm notifications.

For more information, go to the city website at www.cityofwestsacramento.org (go to “How do I” and then “Apply for” and “Alarm permit”) or call 1-855-694-8281 to obtain an alarm permit or learn more.

Alarms without a permit may draw a $100 fine.

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