TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A large number of false alarms to 911 caused Vigo County leaders to take action.
Security alarms can be life saving tools but they can also drain money and man power for police when the calls aren't real.
That's why Vigo County Commissioners cracked down on false alarms.
When the Vigo County Sheriff's Department looked over just how much time was being spent responding to false alarms, they decided it was time to take action.
Together both the commissioners and the sheriff's department felt with a new system in place they could control the problem.
They've drew up a new ordinance dealing with false alarms, similar to the policy in Terre Haute city limits.
If a business or homeowner wants an alarm system, they are required to pay a one time fee of $30 to $50.
After two false alarm free-bees the owner would receive a fine of $50.
The fines would increase as false alarms continued to add up.
The sheriff's department brought these requirements to the commissioners in hopes to save on false alarm runs.
Judy Anderson, Vigo County Commissioner says, "They brought documentation of how many false alarms they've had for a year. It takes gas, wear and tear and ties up man power. It's a real expensive thing when you stop and think about it."
Anderson says the ordinance was not designed to make money but rather prevent the county from losing money.
They want the new ordinance to make homeowners and businesses more responsible in checking and repairing faulty alarms.
There would be exceptions to the fees.
Seniors above the age of 65, homeowners with a disability, government agencies and all schools would have a waiver for the permit fee.
The county commissioners will vote on the ordinance January 25th.
If passed all residents with an active alarm system will have 90 days to pay the permit fee.
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